Ghana celebrates after World Cup win over Serbia
Ghanaians have thronged the streets of the capital and launched
what promises to be all-night celebrations to mark the first win by
an African team at the World Cup in South Africa.
Large crowds gathered around major streets in Accra to celebrate
the 1-0 victory against Serbia. Cars draped in the national flag
swarmed the streets, and some drivers honked their horns as others
Radio stations also said celebrations were taking place
The West African nation was the only team from the continent to
reach the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and was eager
to make its mark – despite the absence of injured Chelsea
midfielder Michael Essien – against World Cup first-timers
Previously in the tournament, host South Africa drew 1-1 against
Mexico in the opening match Friday and Nigeria lost to Argentina
1-0 on Saturday.
The fast-moving Black Stars were finally rewarded when Asamoah
Gyan scored an 85th-minute penalty after Ghana had missed a series
of chances. The Ghanaians earned the penalty when Zdravko
Kuzmanovic handled a cross in the area.
In Nima, one of the capital’s sprawling slums where a giant
screen was installed for people to view the match, a jubilant crowd
rushed into the streets after the final whistle.
“The Black Stars have started what the African countries in the
tournament have not been able to do so far by winning a match,”
15-year-old viewer Inusah Gariba said. “We have taken the lead and
hopefully an African team – preferably Ghana – would come out tops
in the final.”
Vendors in the capital said they were thrilled about the victory
for their own reasons.
“All day, people bought a few flags but with this win, I am
sure that from tomorrow sales would increase,” said street hawker
Elsewhere in Accra, a carnival set up on Osu Oxford street
promised to let revelers “enjoy ’til deep in the night,” said
party organizer Jones Oppong.
“Our boys have proved that African soccer has arrived,” he