Africa On Ghana's Shoulders

Chris KabisosoContributor IJune 28, 2010

As Ghana has made it to the last eight, Accra and all other parts of Ghana are going ballistic.

And you must understand why. The job is not done but the emotion is raw, passionate and telling.

Last week and throughout this week, thousands of people have been displaced by floods, people have also died and lost property around Africa and when the guys do these things, it makes Africa forget all their problems.

Ghana’s Black Stars once again showed why it is the hope of Africa by advancing to the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup. Ghana won 2-1 vs USA.

The United States was eliminated from the World Cup by Ghana for the second straight time as Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime, leading the Black Stars to a 2-1 second-round victory Saturday night.

Kevin Prince Boateng put Ghana ahead when he stripped the ball from Ricardo Clark in the 5th minute and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from 16 yards. Ghana did not manage a goal from open play in their group games – their four points came courtesy of two penalties – yet they lost no time in opening their account in the knockout stage.

With just five minutes gone, Kevin-Prince Boateng dispossessed Ricardo Clark in the centre circle and set off on an impressive run. By the time Jay DeMerit and Carlos Bocanegra woke up to the danger, Boateng was striding into their penalty area, and though he struck the ball early, he did so with a conviction and an accuracy that surprised Howard.

Once again, the U.S. came back, and Landon Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Jonathan Mensah pulled down Clint Dempsey streaking in. But no matter how much the Americans pressured after Gyan scored, they couldn’t tie it again.

In 2006, Ghana scored two goals by Haminu Draman and Stephen Appiah, but this time Appiah came from the bench and Draman, who was not a part of the team in SA, watched from Accra.
Millions of people thronged the streets and danced and made merry after the win.

This is not only huge for Ghana, but for the entire continent of Africa, where soccer is not only an entertainment but it is a medium of escapism and a theatre of dreams.