2010 will be a year that most African football fans will never forget.
Not only were they going to host the world for a football tournament, but it was also another chance to have the best in the world soccer converge in South Africa for the most coveted trophy in football; the World Cup.
With hosts South Africa having been eliminated at the group stage and her neighbours failing to spark, the whole hope for the continent rested on Ghana.
Having come second in a group that ahs Germany, Australia and Serbia, the Black Stars brushed aside USA 2-1 in the knockout stage with goals from Prince Boateng and Asamoah Gyan doing the damage; a feat that handed them a date with the tournaments dark horse Uruguayan the quarterfinals.
In a packed Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, Luis Suarez broke the heart of a continent.
The game had started as all Africans had expected and Sulley Muntari gave Mama Africa some hope when he put Ghana into the lead at the stroke of half time and even though Uruguay had restore parity ten minutes after resumptions through Diego Forlan, there was still hope that Ghanaians would pull through.
While pushing in extra time looking for a winner, a goalmouth scramble ensued. Suarez who had now formed part of the Uruguayan defence had first cleared the ball with his knee as Ghana pilled pressure and while Dominic Adiyiah rose highest to head back towards goal and Uruguay forward slapped the ball away like a prime volleyball player.
The move left Portuguese referee Olegário Benquerença with no option but to send the player off and awarded a penalty to Ghana. Up stepped Gyan, with the hope of a continent resting on his shoulders, to blast his effort straight onto the crossbar.
Suarez who was still in the vicinity was captured celebrating the outcome as he headed to the tunnel and they were to outwit Ghana in post-match penalties.
“I made the best save of the tournament. Sometimes in training, I play as a goalkeeper, so it was worth it,” Suarez said when asked about the incident.
It is a moment that will forever remain with the Africans and forever in the history of the World Cup.