World Cup 2010 - Baghana Baghana!
JOHANNESBURG - "Last Hope of Africa": the South African Press Friday put its weight behind the football team of Ghana, before the World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay, praying that the last continental team competing rises even higher.
- The encouragement to the Black Stars are in most newspapers that the Ghanaian team ownership by renaming it "Baghana," referring to the selection of South Africa, Bafana Bafana eliminated in the first round.
- "It's time for Baghana", headlined the mass-circulation daily The Star. "Baghani Go BaGhana!", Adds the Citizen, in an editorial pointing out that five of the six African countries selected for the World Cup made a "flop" from the group stage.
- "But if Ghana is able to reach the semi-finals (...), the image of African football will be greatly rehabilitated," adds the author of this column, Mark Gleeson.
- The popular Sowetan greets in the headline the "African Unity" under a picture of defender John Pantsil proudly waving the flag of Ghana.
- "The task of Ghana tonight is huge," the newspaper said, although they were confident the Black Stars will carry the "African dream" by becoming the first nation in the continent to reach the semi-finals of World Cup.
- "The hopes of the entire continent is between their feet," joked the daily.
- A heavy pressure put on image by the cartoonist Zapiro in the weekly Mail & Guardian: a Ghanaian advance to the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, bending under the weight of a bag which contained a map of Africa and the words "The hopes of a continent.
- Ennaharonline/ M. O.