Ghanaian supporters defiantly festive

2010-07-02 18:21

The air inside Ghana Bar is riotous as fans arrive in drips and

drabs – armed with vuvuzelas like officers dispatched to a parade, only without

the restraint and orderliness of the military. These soccer lovers are defiantly

festive.

Some choose to wait for kick-off in the slightly empty eating

court. In there, indigenous Ghanaian music accompanies the patrons as they dine

over home country cuisine. The tables are draped in Ghana’s national flag.

Girls wearing bright-coloured fan’s uniform contort their hips to

the rhythm, in anticipation of a much-needed African victory tonight.

Ghana Bar, situated a few paces off the famous Esselen Street in

Sunnyside, Pretoria, was opened five years ago by two Ghanaian expats – Daniel

Adjetey, who owns the establishment, and his business partner, Frank Afranie,

who is a chef.

The business was initially registered as “Her Majesty’s but became

famous for serving the best Ghanaians food in town, so people started calling us

Ghana Bar,” they said.

Today the relatively small establishment is one of the best places

to be in the World Cup host country’s capital. Ghana, the only African

competitor who has made it to the quarter-finals, face Uruguay tonight.

With little time left before kick-off, Afranie is pacing and shouts

directions to his kitchen assistants.

“This is going to a busy night my brother,” he says. “The people

are gonna want to eat. So things must go right.”

In the bar section the music is thumping and brown and green

bottles of beer compete with ash trays on table tops.

A fan, Ayi (but you can call him Dan, he insists) wears his

country’s tri-colours – red, yellow, and green – for a T-shirt. He screams:

“Victory for Ghana, revenge for Bafana, pride for Africa!”

Joe Asidu is wearing a white soccer jersey with the tri-colours and

a star on the chest. “What I know is that our boys, Baghana Baghana will win. I

can’t talk a lot,” he says, “we only want two goals.”

Kevin-Prince (Boateng) is

going to score; even (Asamoah) Gyan is going to score. That’s it my brother, he

says, banging the table to make his point.

The

food

» Favoured meals include Joll of Rice and

Chicken for R30, and Banku and Okoro Soup at R30. Others prefer Fufu and Goat

Pepper Soup at R40. Fufu looks like pap but has the texture of dough. It is

served with goat-meat soup in a separate plate.

» Some men keep approaching the kitchen

counter for Alomo Bitters – apparently it is a restorative and increases

vitality in men.

 

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