Heroes welcome for Black Stars

Thousands of football fans thronged Ghana’s main airport yesterday

to welcome home the national team who gallantly and narrowly lost to Uruguay in

the quarterfinals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Kotoka international airport was choked with fans who started

gathering as early as six hours before the team’s expected arrival.

Even a two-hour delay in arrival from 9.30pm would not deter the

drumming and dancing fans who eagerly awaited their heroes’ return.

There were spontaneous shouts of joy when the South African Airways

jet the Black Stars flew in touched down at 11:30pm.

National flags were waved at the players as they stepped out of the

plane amid a deafening sound of vuvuzelas.

Fans carried placards reading “We love you our heroes, you made

Ghana and Africa proud”.

Ghana’s Black Stars made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup

for the first time equalling the feat chalked up by Senegal and Cameroon, and

became the only African team to make it that far at the tournament in South

Africa.

Deputy minister of sports Nii Nortey Duah told the players at the

airport: “You’ve really held high the flag of Ghana and the entire African

continent.”

Captain Stephen Appiah said: “We did our best but luck was not on

our side but we’ll go to Brazil in 2014 to be major contenders.”

Kwasi Amponsah, a fan said: “What the boys have done will forever

be remembered by the whole world. They displayed quality football only to lose

by hard luck.”


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