Friday, July 2 is a day many African football fans would love to forget. Holding onto hope for 90 minutes and then for another 30 minutes, everything faded into a sense of hopelessness.
After Asamoah Gyan squandered a last-minute penalty kick by hitting it wide to the crossbar, and a further sheepish kick by Captain John Mensah, everything went silent here in Mombasa City.
The Black Stars have none but themselves to blame for their exit. They painted the entire African sky black with darkness.
The vuvuzelas came to an abrupt silence. No more cheers. No screams either. Only faces of disappointment and tears of loss running down the cheeks of many. Everyone stood up and without a word, left for home.
And here’s an even more tragic end to the African World Cup. Reports from Nairobi City indicate four young people lost their lives after arguing over the outcome of the Ghana–Uruguay match. An argument over the loss spilled into a fight, leaving four young men dead.
So the World Cup is over for Africa. But as I said earlier, Ghana has already written its history as the third African team after Cameroon (Italy ‘90) and Senegal (Korea/Japan 2002) to have reached the World Cup Quarter Finals.
Catch you in 2014, in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Germany looks like it might be able to lift the 2010 World Cup. Congratulations are in advance…