1ST AFRICAN WIN @ 1ST AFRICAN WORLD CUP

Posted: June 14, 2010 in WORLD NEWZ
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When Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan’s penalty shot landed in the net five minutes before the end of Sunday’s match against Serbia, a whole continent cheered.

Ghana’s 1-0 victory was the first African win of the first African World Cup – a moment that will long be remembered.

“I think the whole of Africa will relish what the Black Stars did today,” Gyan said. “We win this match for you.”

For Ghanaians from Accra to Brooklyn, it sparked dreams of glorious victories to come.

“We are going to march to the finals. We are planning the parade – starting right here on Flatbush Avenue!” said Ernest Baah, 50, who was watching the game with his countrymen at the Meytex Cafe, a Ghanaian restaurant in Lefferts Gardens.

“We are so happy! You could see it on our faces. Ghana is the best team in Africa right now,” said Afua Serebour, 55.

Africa had been shut out of hosting a World Cup until this year’s Finals were granted to South Africa, even though critics sniped that South Africa couldn’t pull it off.

So Ghana’s win had extra sweetness.

“It means a lot. I’m happy for my county,” said Mercy Arhin, 50, co-owner of the Meytex Cafe.

ESPN commentator Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany’s former superstar, called it “a piece of history.”

Ghana’s coach, Milovan Rajevac, who in a classic soccer world twist is a Serb, said he was “happy that an African team has beaten a good European team,” but he also had mixed feelings.

“This is the greatest win of my career but I also feel sorry for Serbia,” he said. “I hope my countrymen win their next two games against Germany and Australia, I wish them the best of luck.”

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