A black star beats in my chest in place of my heart! I was beaming with pride yesterday when Ghana brought down the USA in an intense second round World Cup qualifier match. The Ghanaian victory over the USA is deja vu after Ghana eliminated the USA in a previous World Cup qualifier. In this game the Ghanaian black star out-shined the star-spangled banner bringing joy to the many Africans standing behind Ghana!
With the World Cup being held in South Africa many Africans were looking to see an African nation push through and hopefully make it to the final. A lot was weighing on Ghana’s victory-one American commentator said
“if Ghana does not make it, most Africans could potentially lose interest in the WorldCup”-
I don’t know how much truth this statement holds for the rest of Africa but I know I would have stopped watching.
On to yesterday’s festivities! A bunch of friends and I gathered at Rockit Bar and Grill to show support for the Black Stars.
The game kick started at a fast pace with Ghana dominating the game in the early minutes and it was the early goal from Kevin-Prince Boateng in the fifth minute that set Ghana ahead of the US!
Ghana maintained the lead in the game until the 62nd minute when Clint Dempsey was fouled in the area giving the US a penalty kick. Landon Donovan sent the game into extra time when he put the ball in the back of the net.
It was complete silence as the two teams started the first half of extra-time, the steady stream of vuvuzelas added to the intensity in the room! The winning shot came in the 93rd minute as Asamoah Gyan hooked a left-foot shot over the head of U.S. goalie Tim Howard and into the roof of the net. Gyan had held onto Andre Ayew’s deep ball and maintained his balance as he beat American defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Jay DeMerit before shooting. The only goal of extra time sent the Ghanaian fans into a frenzy of celebration!
Once Ghana took the lead they played an excellent game of keep away for the Americans. The Americans had a few good chances for yet another miracle finish to tie the game, but any significant rushes either fell short or were masterfully defended by Ghana.
When the whistle was blown we went into a crazed celebration and took to the streets-some even forgot to close out their tabs!
I have not felt such pride since Obama was elected! The day ended in joy, though I have completely lost my voice from all the screaming and my lips are swollen from the Vuvuzela blowing, I wave the Ghana flag with pride! Looking forward to the next game!
“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”