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When Luis Suárez killed African dream at the World Cup

Pythie Meja
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Asamoha Gyana celebrates a goal. He was a standout player for Ghana in the last w

It was a 2010 World Cup quarter final match between Ghana and Uruguay. Ghana had won many African fans after eliminating big teams including the USA.

The stage was finally set. Africans around the world and those who had taken on the Black Stars (Ghana) as their second team were cheering the men in red on.

The ball looked so close to crossing the line. And then in just a moment, it was all taken away.

The world experienced another hand of God, as some will fable, had risen from the grave in the form of another young South American, Luis Suárez, after the famous Diego Maradona which earned Argentina the World Cup.

Luis Suárez, in a last-ditch effort to save his country’s place in the World Cup, took it upon himself to become the illegal goalkeeper and batted the ball out of the net with his arms, stunning viewers all over the world.

Kenyans, like any other Africans, preparing to rejoice, were stopped cold as they saw their dreams to bring the World Cup to African for the first time ever, potentially torn away.

Luis Suárez received a red card, something that has never hurt him, he was considered a hero by his fellow county people. 

Yet there was another chance for redemption, the penalty kick was given. No one expected Asamoah Gyan to fail at this crucial moment after having scored more than once on such scenarios.

With all the pressure shifted to Asamoah Gyan, in his favourite number 3 jersey,  he skillfully took the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way, commonly known as "Kutuma goal-keeper shopping" in Kenya.

 Unfortunately, the soccer gods did not deem it his day. The penalty missed off the bar and the final whistle for regular time blew. 

The match ended in a draw and was decided by penalties, which saw Uruguay proceed to Semis while Ghana had to board a plane back to our roots, Africa.


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