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First African win

Text by Rosemary Mroba Gaisie/Twenty Ten and photos by Arnaud Thierry Gouegnon/Twenty Ten and Oupa Nkosi/Twenty Ten

A feature from the Soccer World Cup 2010: Ghana

The first African country to win a 2010 FIFA World Cup match.

Location: Accra, Ghana

June 13, 2010 is a day that may never be forgotten by Ghanaian football supporters. It will go down in history as the day that the national team, The Black Stars, became the first African team to win a match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The whole of Ghana went into a frenzy when prolific striker Asamoah Gyan scored the only goal of the first group D match through a penalty kick at the end of their game against Serbia.

Jubilation in the nations’ capital, Accra, was so intense that many television viewers were unable to pay attention to the remainder of the game. Shops, offices, homes and the streets were filled to capacity as fans celebrated the win. Many, clad in the national colours: red, gold and green with the black star, also had their favourite players painted on their faces. The most common player was Asamoah Gyan, the goal scorer.

The most popular viewing centre (Obra spot) at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle was the place to be. Ghanaian soccer fans, both young and old, could not help but make a joyful noise.

Residents of Odorkor Official Town in the Accra Metropolis expressed their joy with the popular South African vuvuzela cheer. The elderly marched through the streets with the popular ‘jama’, a group of people singing to whip up morale. Women and children were not left out of the...

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