The entire world witnessed the unprofessional play of the Luis Suarez. In the 94 minute of the quarterfinal round of the world cup with the entire continent of Africa behind them the Black Stars of Ghana or should I say the Black Stars of Africa were denied a chance to go down in history as the first African nation to move to the semifinal round.
As an African watching my heart skipped several beats and like a typical African I placed my hand over my head in utter disbelief. For 94 minutes, on African soil everyone felt like a Ghanaian. Emails and text messages were flying around; some friends indicated that they would switch their citizenship to Ghana if they were to be victorious over Uruguay. It was painful. What happened for me after the 94 minute did not matter. Ghana won in my eyes and they are true champions or stars of Africa. We all know how that game ended after 30minutes of extra play followed by an interesting round of penalty kicks. So, I will bore you with the details. Rather, I will try to capture the feeling of being “ONE” with Ghana as witnessed by the resounding “Vuvuzelic” support of the entire African continent.
Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole! This feeling of solidarity with Ghana is best captured with the headlines of the major newspapers around the world.
AP’s David Crary “Nobel on Defeat, Ghana team visits Nelson Mandela
Sowetans called them the “Hope of Africa” We salute you”
“The boys played their hearts out,” said the Ghanaian Times.
Many of my friends could not hold back the tears; they starred at the television with their mouths wide open. Why? They asked, why? Online bloggers will look for answers to this question but they will not find one. You cannot say they were unprepared or failed to plan like the Nigerian Super Eagles. On the contrary Ghana showed deep dedication to the sport and executed when push came to shove. Some will say FIFA should change their rules but they would be wrong. For insofar as these rules are applied consistently with each Match, the rules remain fair. As we all lend our voice in support of Ghana and their Noble attempt at the world cup, let us pray that the Hand of Suarez or the hand of the Devil never befalls any other African nation as the Continent pushes forward for greater recognition in the global arena.
I have ordered the Ghanaian world cup team Jersey and will wear it proudly.