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Hopes of Africa rest on Ghana

07-02-2010 08:20 BJT Special Report: World Cup 2010 |

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As the World Cup enters its quarter-final stages, the footballing hopes of a continent rest on the sole African team still remaining in the competition: Ghana. African supporters - once loyal to Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and South Africa - have turned their allegiances to Ghana's "Black Stars", as they prepare to face Uruguay on Friday.

Where once six African nations dreamed of World Cup glory, now only Ghana remains.

On the street corners of Johannesburg, Ghanaian flags are selling well. Motorists are keen to show their support for the "Black Stars" on the eve of Ghana's quarter-final clash against Uruguay at Soccer City. The team is also giving great satisfaction to the president of the Ghana Football Association.

Kwesi Nyantakyi, president Ghana football association said, "Our expectation is to go as far as possible, even to the finals. And having gotten this far, we are not looking back and all the players are very determined, they are on the verge of making history, they are very mindful of that and that is spurring them on to give out their best."

The expectations of the supporters are even greater.

Emmanuel Oppong, Ghana football supporter said, "Sure, we want to surprise the world, you know, we want to go forward. This time it's for Africa, you understand me? So we will go to the final and surely when we reach the final we will take the cup. And the cup will stay here in Africa. It's not going back to overseas any more."

Two African teams have previously reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup - Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002 - with neither able to go a step further.

As the World Cup enters its quarter-final stages, the footballing hopes of a continent rest on the sole African team still remaining in the competition: Ghana. 
As the World Cup enters its quarter-final stages, the footballing 
hopes of a continent rest on the sole African team still remaining 
in the competition: Ghana.

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