GHANA RECORDS AFRICA FIRST VICTORY
Ghana's striker, Asamoah Gyan, has praised his side's performance after his late penalty defeated Serbia 1-0 yesterday in Pretoria. Zdravko Kuzmanovic's handball offence inside the Serbian penalty area with just seven minutes remaining handed the Black Stars the opportunity to seal all three points from the penalty spot, which Gyan duly converted to send the Africans into raptures and leave Serbia reeling.
Speaking with journalists after the match, Gyan was delighted with the win that gave Ghana maximum points. Gyan said: 'This win is very important. We took the three points and everybody is happy.
'We knew what the Serbians would do. They play a long ball but tactically, we were perfect today. Everybody is happy for us and every African is happy. All Africa is behind the Black Stars.'
In addition, teammate, Andre Ayew, said that the win was not just for Ghana, but for the continent of Africa as a whole. He added: 'It was a difficult game but we really wanted to win and we made the coach happy. This is just the beginning and we are going to build from this.
'There is good team spirit with the senior players helping the younger players. South Africa is behind us and South Africa is behind all African teams. We will do our best to make South Africa and Africa proud.'