After twelves-years of denying the Black Stars a ticket to the semi-final stage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the then vice president of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani is struggling to evict the hatred towards Suarez over his handball incident that blocked Ghana for making history.
After the quarter-final game between Ghana and Uruguay had ended in a 1-1 draw, the Black Stars nearly took the advantage in the extra time to secure a place at the next stage of the competition but the former Barcelona and Liverpool forward prevented Dominic Adiyiah’s header in the goal post.
However, the referee awarded Ghana penalty but the semi-retired captain, Asamoah Gyan failed to convert the ball from the spot kick.
The South Americans eliminated Ghana with a 4-2 scoreline in a penalty shootout despite Suarez being sent off.
The former Ghana president believes the Black Stars would have won the competition, but Suarez’s handball incident prevented Ghana from shocking the world.
“2010 was our opportunity but you know what Suarez did. We know that sometimes legends miss penalties,” Mahama said.
“It broke the heart of all of Africa and I’ve never forgiven Suarez for what he did but we put it behind us. We’ve done quite well,” he added.
John Mahama voiced out when Asamoah Gyan and his team paid a visit to him to invite him to the launch of the Ghana’s leading top-scorer’s autobiography, titled ‘LeGyandary’.
After missing out on the last edition of the Mundial in Russia in 2018, Ghana have made a return to the global showpiece that will be held in Qatar later this year.
Ghana are in Group H alongside, Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea.