Ghana had an opportunity to make history at the 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa, but failed to take it despite a heroic performance against Uruguay in the quarter-finals. The Black Stars lost 4-2 on penalties.
The Black Stars took the lead in the dying minutes of the first half from a Sulley Muntari 30-yard kick. The Uruguans equalized through a free-kick from captain Diego Forlana in the second half. The game ended 1-1 in full-time and had to go into extra-time.
After the extra time there was still no clear winner until the final minutes of the game when Uruguay player Luis Suarez stopped a goal bound header with his hand. He got a red card and Ghana was given a penalty. But striker Asamoah Gyan wasted the opportunity when his kick hit the cross bar pushing the game into penalties.
With this loss came crashing Africa’s hope for a shine at the ongoing competition which is taking place on the continent for the first time.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi