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Ghana representing all of Africa in World Cup

With Ghana as Africa's only remaining hope in the World Cup, Johannesburg Times cartoonist Jerm paid tribute to the Black Stars with a revised version of the nation's flag.

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See more of Jerm's work here.

After the victory over the United States, Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew said: "We fought for the continent, we fought for Ghana."

By Steve Goff  |  June 27, 2010; 1:34 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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"We wasted time for the continent, we feigned injury for Ghana."

Posted by: KeeperPat | June 27, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the Ghana for Africa thing. Africa is a big continent--most of the countries there either don't much like each other or are rivals. How many Americans will now cheer for Mexico just because we share a continent?

Posted by: wadjfk | June 27, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The pro-Ghana crowed was mostly Ghanaians.

A few minutes of research (or simple knowledge about current events in South Africa) would've told this and dozens of others sports writers that the pro-Ghana crowd was mostly Ghanaians who work and live in South Africa. There are a few hundred thousand Ghanaians and Nigerians living there.

What these were not were South Africans cheering for Ghana. This ignorant fiction has been spread across the media. Sports writers, you really aren't the sharpest tacks in the box.

Posted by: kickerofelves | June 27, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Addendum to my post above: At least American sports writers have a fig leaf of an excuse; ignorance or a poor knowledge of current events. Jerm the Times cartoonist knows better and is simply pandering.

Posted by: kickerofelves | June 27, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Considering the wave of xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in South Africa over the past couple of years, it would seem South Africans will root for a Ghanaian team but set actual Ghanaians on fire should they come looking for work.

Really being "for Africa" would mean doing something about Zim, Congo, Darfur, Somalia...but it's so much easier to cheer for a soccer match, isn't it?

Posted by: shans99 | June 27, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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