Ghana notches a first for Africa at WCup
Ghana’s victory over Serbia carried more significance than three
points – it was the first World Cup win for an African team on
In the process, Ghana gave a big boost to its quest to progress
past the first round after winning its Group D opener on
The Black Stars created better chances in a match in which the
Serbs had an edge in possession.
Striker Asamoah Gyan fired home from the penalty spot five
minutes from time after Serb substitute Zdravko Kuzmanovic handled,
sparking celebrations across the continent.
“This is an important World Cup for Africa and it’s important
that the Africans support each other,” said attacking midfielder
Dede Ayew. “That’s what happened today. The support was marvelous.
We want to thank everyone who came to support us and I hope will
continue to make them proud.”
Regular captain Stephen Appiah, who came in as a substitute late
in the game, also paid tribute to the locals, who are cheering all
“That’s what you’re seeing,” he said.“This is the first time
the World Cup is held in Africa, and all Africa is united.”
The Black Stars’ will face tougher opponents Germany and
Australia in their remaining pool matches, but getting off the mark
against Serbia was a morale booster.
“It was an important match for us,” said Ayew. “The aim was
not to avoid losing. Winning was a big bonus for us.”
Ghana play their next game against Australia next Saturday at
Ghana’s win was more creditable as it was achieved without
midfield stars Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari.
Asked how he felt to take the Inter Milan player’s place, Ayew
said: “Sulley is Sulley. I respect him as my senior. Sulley won
the Champions League. Sulley won the (Italian) championship and
Sulley is a fantastic player.”