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Africa unite behind Ghana! Dream still alive.

[Posted 02 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Africa unite behind Ghana! Dream still alive.

Africa has found solace in Ghana after the agony of seeing five other World Cup finals contestants fail to even qualify for the round of 16 at South Africa 2010. The Black stars of Africa have not disappointed and have qualified for the quarter-finals, for their first time ever in only their second World Cup appearance.

The party spirit in Accra, Kumasi and other parts of Ghana has been set free. There is jubilation in South Africa. An air of anticipation has engulfed the entire continent of Africa as Ghana stands at the threshholds of history by becoming the first ever African country to qualify for a World Cup semi-final place. Many neutrals in the world are asking the question: Has Africa's time really come, and will the recent prophecy by Abedi Pele Ayew and another prophecy by the great Pele many years ago, finally find fullfillment through the Black Stars of Africa?

Africans in South Africa and through out the continent believe that indeed this is Africa's time to make history by not only hosting the World Cup for the first time, but by even lifting the trophy on home soil. When Soccer City host Uruguay v Ghana today, there is no doubt that Ghana will be carrying the expectations of more than 80 000 fans in that cauldron of World Cup theatre. But will the burden of expectations not be too much to carry on the shoulders of the youthful Ghanaian team? Ghana have their set their sights on the semi-finals and the ultimate prize is the trophy, and believe that they will not buckle under pressure.

"Our minimum target remains the semi final, and our target is the World Cup trophy," the Ghanaian Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi recently commented on the CAF website.

"Firstly, we have gained some form of experience from the Germany 2006 Fifa World Cup. Secondly, our squad is made up of players who are playing in major leagues abroad and are rated amongst the best in their respective clubs", Nyantakyi added.

The Black Stars have not shown any respect for established teams like the USA, Germany and Serbia. They have beaten the vastly talented Serbian team in group stages, an also claimed the sculp of the rising giants of world football, USA in the round of 16. They were unfortunate to lose against Germany during their group games, but their fighting spirit in previous matches ensured they progressed to quarters.

Ghana are a very competitive young side and are balanced in all departments. In Richard Kingson of Fulham in England, they have one of the most experienced keepers at the tournament with 82 caps. He has been in outstanding form so far and played a blinder against the USA. Their defence is marshalled by the hugely experienced John Mensah of Sunderland. There is also the rising star young Jonathan Mensah who will unfortunately sit out today's match due to suspension. Ghana have able replacement in the form of  Isaac Vorsah who has returned from injury.

Youngsters run the show in the Ghanaian midfield where Kevin Prince Boateng and Dede Ayew are the creative hub of the team. Annan provides steel in midfield and is the most underrated member of the team. The strike force boasts the skills of one of the top goal scorers at this tournament, Asamoah Gyan and the strong, skillful and pacy Asamoah.

Africa's dream of a final berth is nolonger just a pie in the sky. Ghana have proved to be a very safe side on whom to pin hopes of an African success story at this year's World Cup tournament. They are already succesful by virtue of their progression to the quarter-finals, and they look like hot candidates for the semi-finals. In South Africa, Ghana's African supporters are already planning for celebratory parties on Saturday, a day after the quarter-final clash with Uruguay. Ghana dominates debates and discussions in radio stations in South Africa and through out Africa.

Africa is dreaming and believes more strongly now than ever that the dream will give birth to the desired result-the World Cup trophy on the 11th July 2010. And Ghana, the Balck Stars of Africa, are Africa's reason for dreaming! Go Ghana go! Make Africa's streets be filled with tears of joy, sounds of celebratory drums, with the melody of music filling the air beneath the African skies, where there is just one star still shining-the Black star! 

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