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Ghana's Black Stars Seek 2010 Revenge Against Suarez


Luis Suarez (L) and Ghana's Andre Ayew (R) playing against South Korea. Both will meet in a final Group match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

African football fans say they will be glued to their screens Friday to watch the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup Group H clash between Ghana and Uruguay, a repeat encounter that witnessed the South Americans booting the West Africans out of the global tournament in 2010.

Fans of Ghana’s Black Stars are eagerly waiting to see if their team will revenge their controversial 2010 FIFA World Cup loss to Uruguay, which stopped the West Africans from becoming the first African nation to make it past the quarter finals of the global football tournament.

Fans also said they will never forget how the West African side crashed out of the World Cup, after striker Luis Suárez controversially hand balled on the goal line deep into extra time, and denied the Black Stars of an almost certain winning goal.

FILE - Uruguay's Luis Suarez (L) stops the ball with his hand preventing a goal by Ghana in a 2010 FIFA World quarter-final at AFP Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, July 2, 2010, South Africa
FILE - Uruguay's Luis Suarez (L) stops the ball with his hand preventing a goal by Ghana in a 2010 FIFA World quarter-final at AFP Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, July 2, 2010, South Africa

Otto Addo, Ghana’s head coach expressed confidence in his team’s ability to emerge victorious against Uruguay’s La Celeste.

“I am confident enough to know that we can win this game,” said Addo.

Suárez, who is also nicknamed ‘El Pistolero’ which translates to ‘The Gunman’ will be leading the South Americans in their controversial rematch but is not the same caliber striker he was in 2010.

The 35-year-old forward has fired blanks at this year’s edition of the global tournament, is leading the South Americans who are yet to score a goal and are anchoring Group H with one point.

When asked about his controversial handball , Suárez who addressed a press conference on Thursday, said the Black Stars should not use their loss in 2010 as motivation for their upcoming clash.

"You cannot live with things of the past and think of revenge," said Suárez, adding,"sometimes that can backfire on you."

Diego Alonso, Uruguay’s head coach said he is confident that El Pistolero and his other players will emerge victorious in Friday’s clash.

“We’re going to use all the weapons at our disposal,” said Alonso.

“We have to let ourselves go because the team has to be relaxed and play,” added Alonso.

Victory for the Black Stars would mean an upset for the South Americans who would witness a historic group stage exit and Ghana advancing to the round of 16 with six points.

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