Former Ghana President John Mahama Urges Black Stars to Avenge Uruguay's Defeat As Payback to Suarez

Former Ghana President John Mahama Urges Black Stars to Avenge Uruguay's Defeat As Payback to Suarez

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • Former President of Ghana John Mahama is waiting for the Black Stars to avenge their defeat to Uruguay, at the World Cup in Qatar
  • The ex-President received a delegation from the Ghana Football Association at his premises during the week
  • The Black Stars will face Uruguay in the final Group H game at the World Cup in Qatar next month

Ghana's former President, John Dramani Mahama has sent a message to the Black Stars team, urging them to avenge the defeat to Uruguay when they meet the South Americans at the World Cup in Qatar.

The four-time African champions were prevented from reaching a historic World Cup semi-final, after Luis Suarez impeded a stoppage time goal-bound strike from Dominic Adiyiah.

The Uruguayans went on to win the quarter-final game against Ghana on penalties, at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

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Former Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has told the Black Stars to seek revenge against Uruguay. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars Getty Images
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However, the West African giants have the opportunity to avenge that defeat when the two sides meet in Group H's final game at the World Cup in Qatar next month.

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Mahama, who was then vice-President, has memories of the 2010 World Cup and believes Ghana has a team to make it out of the 'group of death'.

“Unfortunately, we are in a group of death,” he told the GFA led by Kurt Okraku, as quoted by Pulse. “The teams in our group are the strongest and look at what faith has made, bringing Uruguay into our group again."
“It will be sweet revenge if we score them and so even if you don’t beat anybody, just beat Uruguay for me and let’s pay Suarez back for what he did to us.”

The Black Stars will start their World Cup with a game against former European champions Portugal, before facing South Korea and Uruguay in their second and third matches respectively.

Former GFA boss reveals how he begged for Sulley Muntari to be sent to the 2010 World Cup

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Kwesi Nyantakyi has revealed that he knelt down to beg for Sulley Muntari to be included in the Ghana squad, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Despite winning the UEFA Champions League in 2010 with Inter Milan, Muntari was not in coach Milovan Rajevac's plan for the tournament.

According to Nyantakyi, he had to persuade the Serbian trainer to send Muntari to the World Cup.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.