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FIFA World Cup 2010, Press Review

02. July 2010

South Africans turn their focus to Ghana

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Calling on all South Africans to support Africa's last World Cup hopefuls this Friday! The Gauteng Provincial Government has kicked off a mobilisation campaign to drum up support for the Ghanaian national team, the only remaining African team in the World Cup.

This call has been supported by various companies, like Primedia Broadcasting and Supersport, who are calling on all South Africans to wear green, red, yellow and black on "Football Friday Ghana" in support of Ghana's Black Stars.

Ghana carries the hopes of the entire continent and will seek to become the first African team to reach the World Cup finals when they meet Uruguay at Soccer City on Friday at 20:30.

The Gauteng government's campaign kicks off on Thursday at Berea in Johannesburg, and moves to Sunnyside in Pretoria on Thursday, and on Friday, the campaign will target Yeoville in Johannesburg.

Mobilisation efforts will take a format of a formal programme, where messages of support from the Premier, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation will be delivered, handing out of pamphlets, distribution of flags and live entertainment.

Ghana, the first team to qualify in Africa, got their campaign off to a great start with a win over Slovenia.

The Black Stars drew with Australia and succumbed to Germany but not without putting up a tough fight.

A combination of good finishing and excellent defending skills ensured Ghana's 2-1 win over United States on Saturday to secure the Black Stars a place in the World Cup quarter-final.

This is the African side's second World Cup; they played for the first time in Germany in 2006, where they beat the USA in the group stage.

They were eventually beaten by Brazil and had to exit the 2006 World Cup.

Both Ghana and Uruguay offer an exciting attacking approach which will no doubt form the basis for some exciting action at Soccer City on Friday.

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