The god of soccer refused to bless Africa as Ghanaian Asamoah Gyan missed the last minute penalty kick that could have put the West African nation in a world cup history. The Uruguay defender, Luis Suarez had held Dominic Adiyiah's header on the line in the final seconds which could have given the Black Stars the 2-1 win to book a place in the Africa's first ever world cup semi-final.
Asamoah last minute miss no doubt will be recorded as the greatest miss of all time, and may probably hunt the young Asamoah till his last day on earth.
If Asamoah had scored the last minute penalty kick, Ghana would have recorded another history as the first African nation to qualify for the world cup semi-final.
But in anyway Ghana has become the third African nation to ever reach the quarter final of the world cup. Cameroon did it in 1990 in Italy when they were beaten by England. And Senegal did it in 2002 pulling a huge upset by defeating world and European champions France in the opening game.
Also it could be recorded that Ghana was the first African nation to win the under-20 world cup.
Africans all over the world including Nelson Mandela appeared to be behind Ghana and had hopefully put their hearts on the former Gold Coast nation who was the first to gain independence among peers from the brutish British.
Although defeated, Ghana was not in any way disgraced as the West African nation could have won the game if not for that another hand of god by Luis Suarez who got a straight red card for his cheat – at the last kick.
Ghana is the only African nation among six that have participated in this year's world cup to progress to the quarter final. Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia were all eliminated at the group stage.
Obviously the so-called god of soccer has led Africa down - again – just like in every aspect of the latter's endeavour. Otherwise, the bright young Black Stars would have won that match. What a shame…what a shame on the god of soccer who unfairly given it to Uruguay.
Oh yes, the match will be remembered for Asamoah’s miss. Though sad and angry, Africans couldn’t help but console the sobbing Asamoah who had helped beat America with his skillful determination staggering goal.
Uruguay’s victory can be described as ironic. The game was eventually decided by penalty kicks which could have ousted the South American nation which won on 5-3 on the aggregate.
Uruguay like Ghana was hoping to make history before the titillating quarter final. But unlike Ghana, Uruguay is the first nation to ever win the world cup in 1930 as host beating Argentina 4-2; and won it again in 1950 by upsetting Brazil, the host nation 2-1 .
Ghana’s lost to Uruguay in that quarter final was simply another conspiracy theory against Africa by the god of soccer. Period!
Hakeem Babalola< [email protected]>