GHANA'S BLACK STARS RETURN HOME WITH HEADS HIGH
The gallant Black Stars of Ghana have returned to their homeland after their World Cup adventure and were welcomed by thousands of supporters, who stayed deep into Monday night at the Accra Airport to mark their heroes' arrival.
It was an electrifying moment as fans reveled in joy, waving flags and blowing vuvuzelas, and beating local drums to welcome the team home.
A red carpet was laid for the team as the players made their way from the aircraft, which touched down at 11:17pm on Monday.
Senior government officials and sports personalities were on call to welcome them in a brief but memorable ceremony.
'You've really held high the flag of Ghana and the entire African continent,' Deputy Sports Minister, Nii Nortey Duah, said.
Captain Stephen Appiah said they were overwhelmed with the positive attitude of Ghanaians and assured of greater heights to reach come Brazil 2014.
'We are very happy with the reception afforded us,' said Appiah.
'Every member of the team was committed to doing something for the nation and we did our best with the support of every fan and the entirety of Africa.
'We are proud of our performance but we want to go to Brazil 2014 and do well there.'
The team went on an open-top parade through the streets of Accra yesterday before meeting the country's President. Ghana reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Uruguay on penalties.