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Heartbroken Ghana star Asamoah Gyan received a message of condolence from Nelson Mandela after his devastating penalty miss led to his team’s dramatic World Cup exit against Uruguay.
Former South African president Mandela, who sent a letter of support to the Ghana team before the match, was further moved to pass on his sympathy to Gyan upon seeing the forward in a flood of tears after missing a chance at winning a place in the semifinal.Ghana took the lead just before halftime thanks to a brilliant long-range strike from Sulley Muntari, but was pegged back when Diego Forlan smashed home a superb free kick after the break.
ANGUKO LA SOKA AFRIKA.
“This is cruel,” Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac said. “But it is football. What can you say to him [Gyan]? We were so close and somehow it did not happen. We were so close to history.
“There were times when it seemed like there was someone else in control of this, someone above.”
With host nation South Africa having been dumped out of the tournament early on, local sentiment switched heavily to Ghana, which enjoyed huge crowd support.
But on a night that twisted and turned with reckless frequency, it was not enough.
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