The Ghana national football team, the Black Stars, became the first African team to win a match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup after beating Serbia on Sunday afternoon in South Africa. Ghanaian bloggers are celebrating this historic win.
“The Black Stars’ campaign at the World Cup got off to a good start in Pretoria, making me dread the possibility that I may just be forced to eat humble pie – yet again!,” writes Ghanaian journalist and blogger Ato Dadzie.
It was a good performance against Serbia. Everyone in the team contributed their best.
Even Richard Kingson pulled up some brilliant saves to keep the Serbs at Bay. Asamoah Gyan, usually wasteful, took almost his chances, crowning it all with an emphatic penalty kick that ensured Ghana’s victory.
But in the end, the hero of the day, even from a Ghanaian perspective was not Ghanaian. I think supporters of the Black Stars should count Serbia’s Kuzmanovic as their hero of the afternoon, because he gave that silly penalty that Asamoah Gyan converted.
It was a well-deserved victory, nonetheless.
The Black Stars dominated play and they should have won by a bigger margin if Asamoah Gyan hasn’t been so unlucky. After the match against Serbia, Ghanaian confidence seemed buoyed and people started speaking again about the possibility that Ghana would win the World Cup
Despite Ghana's victory on Sunday, Ato says that it is going to take a miracle for Ghana to even draw against Germany:
But the wishful thinking was abated as Germany started to tear Australia apart. The Germans played the most purposeful football in the tournament so far to beat Australia 4-0. They have a well-oiled machine and it’s going to take a miracle for Ghana to even draw against them. The best Milovan Rajevac’s team can do is to strive to keep the score line low when the two sides meet in the last group match.
Leaving his comments on Ato's blog, Wascarat disagrees with his analysis:
Ato I disagree with you that the Germans are already through. This is football!!
So far the Australian team is the weakest of all the teams that have already played.
The Germans were quick to admit that Australia was astonishingly weak and there is therefore no reason for such an euphoria.
I am of the opinion that Ghana can beat the currenct German squad which, on paper, isn't better than the Serbian squad and especially so, as we don't have a German coach:)
We all saw the serious conflict of emotions on Milo's part.
Personally, I think Milo was planning a draw against his native Serbia and that simply didn't work out, else Tagoe should have been replaced earlier.
The weakened Aussies will face us without Cahill and trust me even though they are robust and physical they lack pace and creativity.
The game will be ours to win!!!
No time to embrace medocrity – Go Ghana Go!
Ato paa!!! how can you say that “There is no way on earth the Black Stars can beat Germany”.This is football and anything can happen.
kwamena- you must be one of those kids who could never quite play football, and always stood on the side of the street bemoaning and sulking about the fact you were always last or never picked for games. get over it! your pessimism and need to negate every good the black stars do is a bit tiresome.
the same goes for your virtual felating of the germans. it won't be a miracle to tie them. they're just as overrated as the czechs, americans, and serbs- but i'm sure you never saw it that way (and probably were dismissive of our chances prior to all those games, too). do us a favor and stop regurgitating “analysis” you read from western countries who will always underrate the black stars.
Ghanaian photographer and blogger Nana Kofi Acquah posts colorful photos of Ghanaian fans celebrating on Oxford Street in Accra, Ghana.
They say “a picture is more than a thousand words”. I hope these photographs do the story of how Ghanaians watched and celebrated the Black Stars 1-0 victory of the Serbs justice.
Go! Black Stars Go!
“I have never hidden my support for the Brazillian national team in international tournaments such as the World Cup…However the Ghana black stars have given me good reasons to consider them as a team to reckon with,” Edward of Tagoe blog reveals:
The Ghana national team put up spectacular performances at the previous world cup event in Germany; winning against power houses such as the US and Czech Republic to the surprise of many.
This time too, Ghana has started its world cup campaign triumphantly, by beating Serbia by a goal to nil, becoming the first African team to win its game after Algeria, South Africa and Nigeria all failed to win.
Gary of Ghana World Cup Blog came up with some interesting statistics after Ghana’s game:
Sunday was the first time that there have been red cards in three different games on a single day in World Cup history.
Until the 84th minute of the match on Sunday night, the African teams had managed only a single goal – and no victories – in their first three World Cup matches.
Nigeria and Algeria had failed to score in their losses to Argentina and Slovenia, while South Africa had been unable to beat Mexico, settling for a 1-1 draw.
That explains why Asamoah Gyan could barely speak as he tried to sum up his emotions.
Boakyewaa writes about experiencing the World Cup in Atlanta, USA:
What will I do without crazy guys dancing on top of taxis and every car horn on full blast? What will I do without the almost choreographed scream that splits through the whole nation each time Ghana scores a goal? Is this going to be one of those ‘when in Rome’ experiences? Check out my three-day video blog on experiencing the world cup in Atlanta.
After hearing the news of Ghana’ s victory, Kajsa, who is based in Sweden, imagined the celebrations going on all over Ghana:
In my room in Sweden I imagined the celebrations going on all over the crazy fotball nation that is Ghana and was lucky enough to stumble across the lovely and vivid pics on fellow Ghanablogging blogger Nana Kofi’s photo blog.
You can see more photos of fans in Ghana on Oteiba’s blog.