A week can be a long time in Sport :           Footballweek.com     -      Crickweek.com     -      Rugbyweek.com
 
 
 

Africa struggles to get over African no-shows

Article Published: Saturday 3 July 2010

Email Article | | Print Article




Most of Africa are still trying to get over Ghana's loss against Uruguay on Friday, after the last African country in the tournament missed a penalty in the final seconds of extra time before losing a shootout.

Ghana was on the verge of becoming the first African nation to reach the World Cup semifinals, but Asamoah Gyan sent his spot kick onto the crossbar after Uruguay striker Luis Suarez had swatted away Dominic Adiyiah's goalbound header with both hands.

After the 1-1 draw, the South Americans won 4-2 on penalties.

In a statement, South Africa's governing African National Congress said it was impressed by Ghana's performance, saying it proved Africans were capable of playing at the highest level.

"We are also very confident that the lessons learnt from this tournament will put Africa in a better position for the next World Cup in Brazil," said the ANC, which had urged South Africans to support Ghana after South Africa became the first host nation eliminated in group play.

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for his team's World Cup semifinal meeting with Uruguay after he went to a hospital Saturday for a scan on the arm he injured in the quarterfinal win over Brazil.

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk said he did not yet know the extent of the injury but did not think it was serious.

Away from the pitch, American socialite Paris Hilton had to appear in court in Port Elizabeth late Friday after being arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana following the Brazil-Netherlands game.

The court dropped the charges against Hilton after her co-accused, Jennifer Rovero, "acknowledged to be in possession of cannabis, and pleaded guilty," said Brig. Sally De Beer, a spokeswoman for South African police.

Rovero, 31, from New York, was sentenced to a fine of 1,000 rand ($130) or 30 days imprisonment, De Beer said.

A publicist for Hilton said the incident was a "misunderstanding."

 
 
Football Week Sponsor
 
 
Premiership Table
 
Latest Football images
 
 
Premiership News
Hodgson takes charge of Liverpool as manager
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was named on Thursday as the new manager of Liverpool, signing a three-year contract on Merseyside, the Premier League club said.
Read more on this Football news article

Other recent news
Benitez leaves Liverpool by mutual consent
Avram Grant named as new West Ham manager
Manchester United is not for sale :Glazer family
Blackpool win Premiership promotion
 
Bundesliga News
Nuremberg staying in the Bundesliga
Nuremberg retained a place in the Bundesliga next season after winning 2-0 at 10-man Augsburg in Sunday's playoff to go through 3-0 on aggregate.
Read more on this Football news article

Other recent news
Bayern Munich win German title
Ribery future to be decided in March
Breman hammer Freiburg to top Bundesliga
Hanover to play Schalke in special shirt for Enke
 
Champions League News
Very Special Indeed
Two years ago Roberto Mancini was fired as coach of Inter Milan and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who was given a clear mandate: turn this team into Champions League winners.
Read more on this Football news article

Other recent news
Inter Milan win Champions League
Fergie slams Man U's Champions League loss
Rooney injury scare for England and Man U
Mourinho hails Inter's perfect performance
 
 

Friends of Footballweek.com