Anthony Annan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sule Ali Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah & Hans Adu Sarpei Celebrate the first goal.
It’s difficult writing this post. My thoughts are disorganised right now and I don’t even know how and where to start from. Seeing the Black Stars kicked out of the World Cup yesterday seemed like a dream and I wish it was one. You can’t even fathom how sad I am but it’s all good. I had no doubts we were going to the finals and bringing the trophy home.
Nonetheless, I am very proud of the Black Stars! They carried the hope of a billion Africans having been the only African team to exit from the group stages and the round of 16. I don’t blame anyone for our loss. I have heard and read some really sad comments about the loss. Most people are blaming Asamoah Gyan for failing to convert the 120th minute penalty, others blame John Painstil for fouling Diego Forlan and Richard Kingson failing to keep the free kick out. Others blame John Mensah and Dominic Adiyiah for not converting their penalty kicks. I even heard some Ghanaians blaming the loss on Coach Milovan Rejavic’s tactics. I think it’s actually unfair of fans to blame anyone being it the coach, Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, John Painstil, Richard Kingson, Dominic Adiyiah or the entire team for the defeat. I think we were just unlucky and this is football.
Ghana played one of the best football at the mundial and we are taking only the positives from this World Cup. Like the mythical phoenix, we will rise as a stronger football nation. We have had a pretty good year having been the first African team to qualify for the World Cup, Winning the U20 World Cup, the first for an African team and going all the way to the finals of the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 18years without most of our ‘key players’. Let’s not forget the Black Princesses qualifying for the U20 Women’s World Cup.
I hate it when people say “it’s just a game”. Not only does it annoy me but it shows how little they know about football and the World Cup. I know it’s going to take quite some time for some of us to get over the loss but we will. We love you Black Stars!!!! You have indeed made Ghana and the entire African continent proud. You will be welcomed as the heroes you are. Asamoah Gyan, keep your head up! John, if you had scored, they’d have called it a classic penalty kick. Adiyiah, you’re a hero. Coach Milovan, you’ve brought a lot of respect to the Black Stars!
Andre Ayew consoles Asamoah Gyan
The players are already in high spirits. I just saw this picture and a couple others on the FIFA website from their visit to Nelson Mandela. I bet Nelson Mandela had a lot of inspiring words for our ‘lads’.
Sule Ali Muntari & Nelson Mandela source: FIFA.com
This post has been therapeutic. I just realised at this point that I feel much better now than when I started writing. I will be doing a couple of posts on the Black Stars.
GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND GHANA!!!