Africa rallies behind Ghana

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pretoria - The entire continent will be rallying behind the Ghanaian national team as they take on Uruguay at Soccer City tonight.

Since Bafana Bafana's exit from the tournament, South Africans have rallied behind the Black Stars and have put their faith in the team as the only remaining African team in the World Cup following a 2-1 win over the United States on Saturday.

Nomfanelo Mhlongo from Pretoria East believes that with all the support from their fans, the Ghanaians will definitely win.

"I don't see them not winning. They are our last hope and I believe that after the match, there will be celebrations throughout the continent," Mhlongo told BuaNews.

Although he has shifted his support to Argentina, Victor Moeketsi from Garankuwa said tonight he will be blowing his vuvuzela for Ghana, adding that they might pull through if they play their cards rights.

"I haven't lost hope and still believe that Ghana will make it through the finals. We have seen many surprises during this World Cup with best teams being booted out before the next round, therefore we will not throw in the towel until the final whistle," Moeketsi said.

And for an exuberant Paul Nkosi from Tembisa: "It's not over until the fat lady sings, viva Ghana viva!"

In support of the Black Stars, the Gauteng Provincial Government has also kicked off a mobilisation campaign to drum up support for the team.

The campaign started on Wednesday at Berea in Johannesburg, where Gauteng Premier, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation delivered messages of support, handing out pamphlets and distributing flags.

The campaign moved to Sunnyside in Pretoria on Thursday, and today it will target Yeoville in Johannesburg. The match kick offs at 20:30.