‘Cautious relief’ is the expression that may best describe the feeling in Accra after Ghana and Germany drew 2-2 in Ghana’s second Group G match in the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup played Saturday. Holding onto the one point they’ve earned now after playing two matches at the group level, the Black Stars might make it to the second round, the 1/16th stage.
Supporters of the Black Stars expected them to defeat Germany to ensure smooth sailing to the next round. Ghanaian sports journalist, Christopher Opoku, believes that a win for Ghana will be a ‘salve’ to the feelings of her citizens in the prevailing [difficult] economic conditions.
Criticisms for the Stars’ loss to USA have been very vitriolic, especially those directed at the coach Kwesi Appiah, as you’d expect from Ghana fans, in a big tournament such as the world cup. But that has changed after Saturday’s match.
Now, to qualify for the next stage, Ghana must put in lots of hard work and pray for lots of luck—they must win their last group match against Portugal for three more points, and they must hope that USA lose to Germany and Portugal. Now that’s a tough one. We pray for the best for Ghana.