July 3rd, 2010
12:18 AM ET

Ghana aside, Africa miss chance in 2010

Ghana's World Cup dream is over but a large number of white South Africans turned out to support the west Africans.
Ghana's World Cup dream is over but a large number of white South Africans turned out to support the west Africans.

Ever since Pele boldly predicted that an African side would win the World Cup before the end of the 20th century, the race was underway for a side from the continent to deliver.

African sides clearly missed the deadline the Brazilian legend set, but with the World Cup being held on the African continent for the first time in 2010 there was renewed hope the dream could be realized.

Not only had a record six teams from the continent qualified - after hosts South Africa had their place safeguarded - African talent had arguably never been richer or to be found in more depth.

But with Asamoah Gyan's extra-time penalty miss in Ghana's quarterfinal game against Uruguay, the chance to seal an historic berth in the final four for an African side went begging; a continent's hopes were dashed.

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