Africa denied a semi final spot in the 2010 world cup
History was made in the world cup in the year 2010 where Africa hosted it's first ever senior world cup in African soil hosted by South Africa. The competition will always be in the memory of the Spanish side as Spain claim their very first world cup trophy that year.
The most interesting and painful part was that another African team and also Africa as a whole was denied history as Uruguayan team denied Ghana from making it to the semi finals that year which would have made Ghana represent their nation and Africa in the semi's for the first time in African history.
The event which saw Luis Suarez deliberately using his hands at Soccer City to prevent Ghana from making it to the semi-final in the competition in the very last minute of the game which also saw him been given a red card and a penalty was awarded to Ghana but unfortunately Asamoah Gyan failed to convert the spot-kick.
The Black Stars of Ghana however, matched the achievement of fellow African side Cameroon and Senegal in 1990 and 2002 respectively in reaching the quarter-final, but failed to advance to the semi's for the first time.
The black stars of Ghana were even closer to advance to the semi finals than the indomitable Lions of Cameroon, who were seven minutes away from making it to the semi's over England before Gary Lineker’s 83rd-minute goal level the scoreline in the 1990 world cup and also debuting Senegal, who thrived until Ilhan Mansiz’s golden goal three minutes into extra time put paid to their amazing journey to send the African side back home.
Luis Suarez denied Stephen Appiahs' header and the entire African continent their headline moment which will never be forgotten for years to come and Gyan also failing to convert the spot kick. What a sober moment that year!
However, the competition was quite an interesting one that produced some competition’s notable goals and also the match between Uruguay and Ghana with Sulley Muntari firing the West Africans into a lead with a thunderous strike from over 40 yards just before half-time while Forlan levelled with a free-kick from a seemingly impossible angle in the quarter finals to make it 1-1.
The black stars of Ghana no doubt were made to lick their wounds after the defeat and it still remains that no African side has made it to the semi-finals till date.
11 years still remembered with Gyan’s huge miss, the continent still wonders what might have happened that had that horrific strike harrowed into roof of the net, rather than thunder off the bar to make Africa secure victory.
It would have been a double history for Africa, hosting it and also probably making it to the finals assuming the semi final spot was achieved and it would be a enduring joy, rather than lasting disappointment in our history.