Ghana made history Sunday by beating Serbia in their first round World Cup match. The victory was the result of a goal scored by Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan off a penalty shot near the end of the game — making the team the first African World Cup team to prove victorious in the first ever African World Cup.
When Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan’s penalty shot landed in the net five minutes before the end of Sunday’s match against Serbia, a whole continent cheered.
Ghana’s 1-0 victory was the first African win of the first African World Cup – a moment that will long be remembered.
“I think the whole of Africa will relish what the Black Stars did today,” Gyan said. “We win this match for you.”
For Ghanaians from Accra to Brooklyn, it sparked dreams of glorious victories to come.
“We are going to march to the finals. We are planning the parade – starting right here on Flatbush Avenue!” said Ernest Baah, 50, who was watching the game with his countrymen at the Meytex Cafe, a Ghanaian restaurant in Lefferts Gardens.
“We are so happy! You could see it on our faces. Ghana is the best team in Africa right now,” said Afua Serebour, 55.
Africa had been shut out of hosting a World Cup until this year’s Finals were granted to South Africa, even though critics sniped that South Africa couldn’t pull it off.
So Ghana’s win had extra sweetness.
“It means a lot. I’m happy for my county,” said Mercy Arhin, 50, co-owner of the Meytex Cafe.
ESPN commentator Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany’s former superstar, called it “a piece of history.”
Ghana’s coach, Milovan Rajevac, who in a classic soccer world twist is a Serb, said he was “happy that an African team has beaten a good European team,” but he also had mixed feelings.
“This is the greatest win of my career but I also feel sorry for Serbia,” he said. “I hope my countrymen win their next two games against Germany and Australia, I wish them the best of luck.”
Congratulations to Ghana on their big win!!!