Ghana might be known as the 'Black Stars' but on Wednesday they shone brightly as Africa's sole representative in last 16 of the FIFA World Cup™, the first to be hosted on the continent.
They could be joined by Ivory Coast were the 'Elephants' to score a hatful of goals against North Korea and Brazil beat Portugal, but in all likelihood Ghana just as in 2006 will be Africa's sole survivor in the second round.
Ghana's inspirational striker Asamoah Gyan - scorer of both their goals from the penalty spot in the group phase - said that they would not be simply satisifed with a place in the last 16 and were out for victory over the United States on Sunday.
A win there would see them play either Uruguay or South Korea in the quarter-finals and the chance of becoming the first African country to reach the semi-finals - Cameroon and Senegal having reached the last eight in 1990 and 2002 respectively.
"We are very happy (to have qualified), even if we wanted to have other African teams come through as well," said the 24-year-old whose career has rebounded after threatening to quit the international scene in 2008 during a poor African Cup of Nations.
"We are on the right path and we are representing our continent, which makes us very happy.
"The Americans, though, are a very good team, they expend a lot of energy and are strong physically. But we too have good players, it is for that that we have so much self-confidence," added the Rennes player, whose goals inspired a young Ghana side to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations final this year in Angola.
Ghanaian defender John Pantsil concurred with Gyan's comments. "I am very sad to see the other African teams eliminated," said 29-year-old Pantsil, who plays his club football for English Premier League side Fulham.
"We are going to represent the continent. We are going to correct our mistakes and speak to our strikers so that they can be more effective. We believe in ourselves and we are going to score more goals."
Serbian Milovan Rajevac, the shrewd Ghanaian coach who has engineered a highly successful year for the Black Stars despite being without injured star midfielder Michael Essien, said that making the last 16 was a huge moment for him and for the continent.
"To qualify is really very important for us and for Africa," said Rajevac. "I am really very emotional and moved. I hope we can benefit from the support of all of the South Africa people and the continent of Africa. It's not really the time to rejoice over qualifying because of the match against the USA. We don't have much time."