If only Ghana had beaten Uruguay


I watched how the Black Stars of Ghana were feted on arrival back home and my eyes swelled with tears of admiration for the youngsters who took to the pitch in South Africa with so much self-belief and pride.

Although Captain John Mensa irked me with his penalty kick in that match against Uruguay, he will be remembered more for leading his boys on a demolition mission at the World Cup. Mensah, Gyan and the Black Stars did not do it for their country alone – they did it for Africa.

Those scenes at the airport set me off to dreamland and I started visualising how things would have been had Ghana beaten Uruguay. Oh, how I wish the crossbar had spared us that nonsensical drama and just stayed clear of Asamoah Gyan’s goal-bound Jabulani.

It would have been African history, written on African soil during Africa’s historic first world cup. Can you now imagine the jubilation across the entire continent if the Stars continued their demolition run against the Dutch at the semi finals?

Virtually all of Africa would have erupted in euphoria. A grandmother in Kumasi would have connected emotionally with her age mate in Khwisero.

Ghana takes Africa to the World Cup finals. Hmmm….those words roll out nicely, don’t they?

In that eventuality, I assure you, the Black Stars would have brought the trophy home. Forget Germany or Spain. They would have been confused by a swarm of vuvuzelas buzzing across Africa.

Kevin Prince Boateng would have outshone his German brother Jerome. What sweet family revenge!

On that day, the historic July 11, I bet you Esther Passaris would have converted all the billboards along Uhuru Highway to read “This is Ghafrica, or Germans will see Stars and other creative phrases.

President Mwai Kibaki, PM Raila and other African Presidents would have flown back to Johannesburg to witness the historic rout of the Germans.

Even Nelson Mandela would have been in attendance at Soccer City.

And Monday, July 12, was going to be a public holiday across Africa as the continent celebrated this win.

This Black Stars team would have succeeded in what Muammar Gaddafi has failed to do so far – uniting Africa into one nation.

Jeff Koinange’s bench would have been painted the Ghanaian colours. Good grief! What a team, what a dream! Sadly, I just made this stuff up! The amount of salaams and songs would have tripled.

But alas, for a moment, it was possible.

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