RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26: Richard Kingson of Ghana defends a challenge from Tim Howard of the United States during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Local officials are distributing Ghanaian flags, and South Africa's governing party asked the team to change its nickname to "Black Stars of Africa."
Gauteng province spokeswoman Nomazwe Ntlokwana says the decision to officially support Ghana is aimed at extending the buzz the competition has already generated in the country.
Ghana will face Uruguay in the quarterfinals Friday at the first World Cup to be held in Africa.
Ntlokwana says the Ghanaians carry the hopes of the whole continent on their shoulders.