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Annan vows to make Africa proud

RUSTENBURG, June 26- Midfielder Anthony Annan has vowed that Ghana will do Africa proud when they fly the flag for the continent in their last World Cup 16 clash with the United States here on Saturday.

Africa’s only group-stage survivors have been inundated with messages of support from fans across the continent and Annan said the Black Stars would not let them down.

"I believe all African countries are supporting us and we are not going to disappoint them. I believe we are going to make them happy," he said here on Friday.

"If we stay focused, listen to the coach and take our chances I believe we are going to win."

Ghana’s Serbian coach, Milovan Rajevac, revealed that experienced centreback Isaac Vorsah had been ruled out but said he expected skipper John Mensah and teenage defender Jonathan Mensah, who will cover for Vorsah, to recover from minor niggles in time to start.

Rajevac said the fact that the United States had unexpectedly topped their group had given Ghana a great opportunity to reach the last eight.

"It is not going to be easy but the rewards are high so we are going to fight and do our best to get to the quarter final," he said. "It is a big opportunity for us."

Rajevac, who played indoor football in the United States in the early 1980s, said he had been impressed by the never-say-die spirit of Bob Bradley’s squad, which was underlined by them coming from behind to draw with both England and Slovenia as well as by their last-gasp winner against Algeria.

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"If you look at where they scored the goals in the group, the opponent never knows how to deal with them, especially in the last half hour when they increase the tempo," Rajevac said.

"Until the final whistle you never know how to deal with America. You saw that against Slovenia, they scored two late goals and almost won the match.

"It is a 90-minute war on the pitch."

US-Serbia relations may have been strained in the years since the 1999 Nato bombing of Belgrade, but Rajevac appears to be very pro-American, describing the time he spent in New York as the "best years of my life".

He also saw enough during that period to become convinced it was only a matter of time before the United States made its mark on the world football stage.

"I realised that a lot of kids love soccer, you have many women playing. This huge quantity of people playing the game had to bring quality and this World Cup shows it.

"America still has other sports that are more important for the time being but it has grown into a football superpower."

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  1. Daniel Abilla

    October 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I am able to facebook permanently on one tab, use Tweeter on another, open google to search important stuff such as news, sports and answers to quizes (on many tabs), then download songs and movies simulataneously on torrents. in total i have used 10+ tabs at once doing different things. when there are facebook applications, i also open then on different tabs so as to retain the original fb tab on my home page

  2. Dominic Wambugu

    October 26, 2011 at 3:13 am

    am an intensive research writer and hence open as many tabs as possible coz most times am online and try to maximize speed and save time.mostly i open about 10 tabs:facebook,gmail,yahoomail,,nation media group,youtube,google search, and the list is endless coz the sites i go to are just many and the list is endless.

  3. Robert

    October 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I once went upcountry on holiday and since I was nowhere near a cyber cafe, there was no way I was going to be left “in the dark”. I simply had to pull out my Safaricom modem and  first logged on to Facebook & Twitter to catch up on friends activities, opened my Yahoo account to check mail, opened the DStv website for subscriber updates, checked out two other sports websites (Supersport & NewsNow) for my regular football and rugby matches fixtures and reviews; I also Skyped my friends living in the diaspora – all these at a go, quite an uphill task for my Toshiba laptop but a piece of cake for the superfast Safaricom internet connection!

  4. Sharon Stone

    October 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I would describe myself as a heavy internet user. Being a part time freelancer, I often find myself overloading my browser with multiple tabs to the point of crashing. In a typical browsing session, I start by opening my Facebook account to check on notifications. Next i open a new tab to check my email on gmail: which is closely followed by a tab to check my ovi mail. I also like reading the news and constantly visit the local news websites. This part particularly involves several tabs because i will keep comparing similar news reports from nation, standard and classic fm just to ensure i haven’t missed out on any detail. I also open my freelance accounts on freelancer and Elance to check on new jobs and employer feedback. I also turn on some rock music on grooveshark as I reply to my emails! 

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