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Gyan’s World Cup failure: Africa recalled what could have been


Luis Suarez remains contemptuous because he has denied the continent its historic moment, but is the decade-long turmoil misdirected?

You would forgive Luis Suarez for avoiding social media on July 2, due to the deluge of abuse that could come after his commemoration of Ghana’s painful retirement at the 2010 World Cup.

It’s exactly 11 years since Uruguay’s deliberate handball at Soccer City Ghana prevented them from advancing to the semi-finals of the worldwide showpiece. The blatant act, deep into extra time, Africa denied its first representative in the last four of the month-long competition against the 19th time.

The Black Stars matched the performances of Cameroon and Senegal in the quarterfinals in 1990 and 2002 respectively, but they could and should have gone one better.

They were terribly close, even closer to the Indomitable Lions – who were seven minutes away from success over England ahead of Gary Lineker’s 83rd minute equalizer – and the Teranga Lions’ debut, which thrived until Ilhan Mansiz’s golden goal three minutes into extra time allotted to them. incredible journey.

With little time left, Oscar Tabarez’s team would not have recovered from the final kick of the match. Suarez denies Stephen Appiah and the entire continent their essential moment, but what followed immediately swayed at the time and continues … even 11 years later.

Luis Suarez Uruguay Ghana 2010 WOrld Cup

Asamoah Gyan acted but could only hit the bar, causing Ghanaians and the majority of the mainland to cover their eyes in horror.

A few centimeters lower and the West African nation would eventually face the runners-up of the Netherlands in Cape Town.

It would be difficult to pick themselves up after the last miss and Milovan Rajevac’s team lost 4-2 with penalty goals. Ask the majority of Africans today, and they probably can not remember how events played out after the mass.