Uruguay Has to Go
Sports news by Carly Boy
I’m for Africa in the World Cup. Germany will win and I’ll be pleased. The Netherlands will win and I’ll be pleased. South Africa has been a wonderful host, and it will be a World Cup to remember.
But Ghana won. It is fitting that Africa as the host continent have a player in the game. That player was Ghana.
Uruguay lost. Oh yes, they may have put one more ball in the net during the post-game shoot-out. But they lost on all other accounts.
Uruguay is no Brazil, no Argentina, not even a Mexico. It’s a second or even third tier Latin American team that did not have a single respectable win in the whole tournament.
Ghana became Africa’s team. Hell, even Mandela welcomed them into his home. Ghana played with emotion, pride, sportsmanship. I don’t remember seeing any swim team members on the Ghana squad. Brave young men only.
Suarez made a mistake, informed by his emotion, his desire to win such a crucial match, but not by integrity. As a man, and as a sportsman, he did not do the right thing. The right thing would have been to play by the rules – and having made his mistake, to take that ball and throw it into the net.
The Netherlands has a job to do now, and it’s not just to move forward in the semifinal. The Dutch men will right the Suarez shame with a show of sportsmanship. They will not dive and feign mortal injury. They will play by the rules and they will rightly kick Uruguay’s unworthy ass. It would almost be better though if Suarez were to be on the field, to share in his country’s well-deserved defeat.
And we will all remember that Ghana – and Africa – won that game. And the one before it, against Uruguay.
Update: Please read my posting today on Suarez in answer to all those who commented.
Photo source: Reuters