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USA vs. Ghana: The Rematch

A man in Accra sells newspapers in June 2006 with headlines blaring Ghana's Black Stars 2-1 victory over the United States in the World Cup that year.  Kambou Sia/AFP hide caption

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Will the young Black Stars of Ghana succeed in eclipsing America's Stars and Stripes tomorrow in Rustenburg?  Both squads have impressed so far in the World Cup, with the Americans — minnows coming into the tournament — getting thumbs up all round.

Rewind four years to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.  Picture a sea of red, gold and green — with a black star in the middle — the colors of Ghana's national flag. That was the scene all over the capital, Accra, and nationwide as Ghana prepared to face-off with the U.S.

Millions of Ghanaians tuned into the match and they were not disappointed. To the oohs, aahs, yelps and cries of joy of their fans, the Black Stars subdued the Stars and Stripes in a 2-1 victory and, for the first time in their history, reached the round of 16, the only African team left in the competition.

Accra erupted in a frenzy of horn blowing (not the vuvuzela in those days, but car horns), flags fluttering and the whole city danced all night.

The party continued until Brazil, then the defending champions, pricked Ghana's bubble, humbling the Black Stars in their next World Cup 2006 encounter.

Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is NPR's correspondent in West Africa. She is from Ghana and is based in Dakar, Senegal. To read and hear her report about the 2006 Ghana-USA match, click here.