Sunday, June 13, 2010
Black Stars Score First African WC Win!!
Ghana's opener against Serbia was a must-not-lose game for the Black Stars, so to come away with a much-deserved 1-0 win is HUGE. They've given Africa its first win at the World Cup and I have a lot of belief in this team. It may not have been the prettiest of games - the first half could be described as cagey at best - but I continue to be impressed with the composure shown by this young side. Anthony Annan in the holding midfield role is one smooth operator. He was the man of the match for me. The Ghanaian midfield -- average age 22! -- was just so much more mature than their Serbian counterparts. I'm hoping match winner Asamoah Gyan will get his big break in this WC. He was tireless.
Great scenes of jubilation here at the end. The stands were overwhelmingly yellow and draped in Ghana flags. It helps that the South Africans wore their Bafana Bafana shirts. Nice touch by Pantsil -- who had his name misspelled on his shirt! -- to run around the pitch with the Ghana flag after the win.
I got some great video from Ghana fans celebrating penalty winner here.