As it turned out, Ghana beat the USA 2 to 1 in overtime. It was a close and well-played match. Jack took the loss quite hard. But no matter what the outcome was last night, we were going to be conflicted. If the USA had won, we would have been living in a community where our country had dashed the hopes of the continent. I remember well watching with our students as the younger Ghana team won the under-20 World Cup, an event that instilled hope and courage and pride.
So we are sad that America lost this, proud of their effort, glad that the continent of Africa still has representation going into the quarter-finals, and excited about the potential for football and sports in general to galvanize an entire people to live up to their God-created reality.