Ghana ecstatic over first African win

2010-06-14 13:32

Ghanians woke up this morning with a happy hangover after

celebrating their 1-0 victory over Serbia – the first win by an African team at

the World Cup in South Africa.

The streets of Accra were thronged yesterday evening as fans milled

around, waving the red, gold and green national flag of the West African

nation.

When Man of the Match Asamoah Gyan drilled home a late penalty,

fans exploded from Duncan’s bar on the sidestreets of Accra, blowing whistles,

cheering and dancing.

Elsewhere, African media reported brass bands and taxi drivers

blowing their respective horns noisily through the capital, while motorcyclists

risked life and limb by driving around while waving the country’s colourful

flag.

In one scene of jubilation, wedding guests abandoned a wedding

ceremony to take part in the street celebrations, according to reports.

This morning, Ghanaweb.com heralded the result as “the first

victory for an African team in the first World Cup on African soil”.

The website of Peace FM proclaimed: “Ghana win keeps Africa

buzzing”.

Fans poured hundreds of congratulatory messages onto the websites

of news portals, although some were miffed that Ghana’s Serbian coach Milovan

Rajevac did not celebrate the victory over his countrymen as wildly as his

players.

Gyan was quick to devote the victory to fans in Ghana and elsewhere

in the continent.

“Everyone is happy for us, not only in Ghana. Everyone in Africa

will be behind us. I thank everyone for supporting the Black Stars,” he

said.

Fans were confident of qualification, although they are wary of

Germany after watching the 4-0 thumping Joachim Loew’s men handed out to

Australia in the other Group D match.

“Australia are not strong, so Ghana will score and win 1-0, but

will lose 2-0 to Germany,” taxi driver David told the German Press Agency DPA in

Accra. “Germany are the best team with Brazil.”

Ghana face Australia on June 19, before wrapping up their

qualification against Germany on June 23.

Cameroon will today seek to provide Africa’ second win against

Japan in Bloemfontein.


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