‘Africa is cheering Ghana’


All of Africa was celebrating Ghana’s achievement in reaching the World Cup second round, players and their coach said on Wednesday.
“Tonight the whole of Africa is cheering us on,” Ghana’s attacking midfielder Sulley Muntari told Reuters. “This is a great success for African football.”
Ghana earlier lost 1-0 to Germany but still qualified for the knockout phase ahead of Australia on goal difference.
Ghana, who became the first African side to progress as the World Cup makes its debut on the continent, will feel support from millions of people including South Africa, Muntari added.
Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac added: “I hope the majority of South Africans will continue to support us… I hope we will benefit from massive support here in South Africa.”
Despite having six teams in the group stage, Ghana are very likely to be the only African side in the last 16 with Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and the hosts already out.
Ivory Coast have only the faintest chance of advancing.
“This tournament did not start so well for Africa but let us hope it finishes better,” Muntari said after Ghana came second behind three-times World Cup winners Germany in Group D.
“To be able to qualify is a very big issue for Africa,” added midfielder Prince Tagoe. “It is a great joy for us. We played with confidence today and we want to keep that up.” —Reuters