Sunday, 4th July 2010

Ghana’s World Cup squad have enjoyed an audience with Nelson Mandela as they bid to shake off their disappointment at missing out on a semi-final spot. The Black Stars were just seconds away from knocking out Uruguay as striker Asamoah Gyan lined up to take a penalty in the final minute of extra time. Following his miss, the Ghana side lost their momentum and suffered the heartbreak of a shoot-out defeat to the South Americans.

Meeting Mandela will go some way towards lifting the spirits of the Black Stars’ squad and the ageing former South African leader received the team at his home in Johannesburg.

Mandela unfortunately missed South Africa’s opening match at the tournament having lost his grand-daughter in a car accident which occurred after the opening ceremony the night before. The 91-year-old was known to be following the World Cup closely, hoping an African side could make a real impact. And Ghana, despite their exit, did.



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