Former Black Stars Defender John Paintsil
Former Black Stars Defender John Paintsil

Retired Ghanaian right fullback – John Paintsil holds the view that the Black Stars were ‘cheated’ at the 2010 FIFA World Cup by the hand of Luis Suarez.

Ghana put up a magnificent show in South Africa from the group stage. In fact, the Black Stars became the hope of Africa, having been the only Black nation to qualify into the quarterfinal phase.

The Black Stars, however, fluffed a golden opportunity to become the first African nation to reach the semifinal stage of a FIFA World Cup tournament, but it could only remain a dream rather than reality as Asamoah Gyan’s penalty in the extra time in the Black Stars game against Uruguay went off target to leave the scores at 1-1.

The Black Stars subsequently lost the game through penalty shootouts as Dominic Adiyiah and John Mensah missed their respective kicks.

Recounting the tenth year anniversary of the historic tournament [the first and only one to be staged in Africa] in an interview with the BBC, John Paintsil who was a committed member of the Black Stars argued that he feels the Black Stars were simply cheated because the Dominic Adiyiah’s goal attempt which Luis Suarez blocked with his hand had crossed the line so the referee should have whistled for a goal instead of the penalty.

“We were cheated,” Paintsil told the BBC.

“To clear the ball from the line with your hand – it’s supposed to be a goal,” he added.

“For me, I thought, ‘the last man on the line [Suarez], touch it with his hand, it’s supposed to be a goal’ – so I was already celebrating that we are through.”

“Then I saw it was a penalty and I said, ‘What?’

“I was shouting, ‘No, no, take the ball to the centre [circle], take the ball to the centre.'”

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