Ghanaâ€™s penalty shootout defeat to Uruguay in a world cup quarter final showdown in Johannesburg yesterday has evoked sad reactions from local football followers.
Heartbreaking is how Ghanaâ€™s defeat to Uruguay can best be summed up.
With everything tilted in their favour when they were awarded a penalty in the very last minute of extra time, Asamoah Gyan failed to hit the target, the Black Stars then succumbed to the psychological demands associated with the much dreaded penalty shootout.
Consequently, the entire African continent was plunged into sadness as the reality that the Black Stars had come to the end on the road in their quest to not only advance to the semiâ€™s but possible win the most coveted prize in world football began to sink in.
Local football followers are still trying to come to terms with Ghanaâ€™s distressing defeat to the South Americans on Friday.
Despite bowing out of the world cup, Ghana nevertheless represented Africa with pride and distinction as evidenced by their memorable win over a very strong United States side in the second round, before falling to two time world champions Uruguay on penalties in the quarter finals.
Disappointment is indeed part of the beautiful game but Ghana can take hope for future tournaments in that they have a resilient and young team that will surely be even stronger in the next world cup in Brazil in 2014.
For Ghana itâ€™s not the end but the beginning of their mission to emerge from the shadows and into the spotlight of the global stage.