South Africa rejoiced on Sunday in Ghana's win over USA, making them only the third African side to reach a FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final and the continent's only team left in the tournament.
"Black Stars flying high," The Sunday Times proclaimed over a picture of defender John Pantsil racing with Ghana's national flag after their 2-1 win.
"Ghana shatter American dream," said The Sunday Independent, hailing the team for bringing Africa into the last eight of the first tournament held on the continent's soil. "Even with the burden of carrying an entire continent, Ghana could not fail here last night," the paper said. "Throughout Africa, from Phokeng to Accra, celebrations reverberated from the final whistle and long into the evening."
We are very proud of you, as South Africa and as part of the continent of Africa, you are our pride.
Just moments after the game, South Africa's ruling African National Congress, hailed the victory clearly relieved to see an African team progress after the hosts crashed out in the group stages.
"The ANC would like to thank the Ghana National Soccer Team (the Black Stars) for salvaging the image of the continent in this tournament," the party said in a statement. "We are very confident that having gone this far, you are indeed heading for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals on our soil. We are very proud of you, as South Africa and as part of the continent of Africa, you are our pride."