Ghana are the first African team to qualify for the first African World Cup!

David Larsen in Accra, Ghana.
Well Ghana won convincingly and what a colourful event it was! The celebration of winning over Sudan was heightened by Mali failing to win over Benin outright which pushed Ghana through to becoming the first African team, outside the host nation, South Africa, to qualify for the first African World Cup.

Above: I asked Manual Neneyew before the match if Ghana is going to win today – this was his reaction!Get rights to this picture on Africa Media Online

Our team of 12 photographers and 11 reporters have been flat out producing the first stories and photo features of the Twenty Ten project. The reporters produced news and analysis based around the match on Sunday night in the aftermath of the match which we delivered to the Ghanaian press and then yesterday, each wrote more enduring features that will be going online shortly. The next assignment they will produce will be in-depth features with universal appeal that will be produced when they are back in their 11 different home nations.

Above: Zimbabwean photographer Davina Jogi gets the other angle, capturing the press frenzy as the two captains perform the toss.

The first output from the photographers was a single image from the assignments they have been working on. The gallery can be viewed here. Today they will be starting to file their in-depth features which will be coming online over the next week.
Tomorrow we wrap up the first workshop here in Ghana and the journalists each gear up to produce another two assignments from their home countries in the next six weeks. The project team in turn work hard toward the next workshop to be held in Egypt during the U20 FIFA World Cup.
The work that has been produced has been of such quality that an Agency in Japan and another one in China have just contracted with us to dstribute to those markets.

Below: Twenty Ten journalists and team members get to grips with the the Ghana-Sudan clash and have a lot of fun doing it!

Nigerian photographer, Adolphus Opara, gets a fresh angle on a trinkets seller outside the stadium
Pulitzer prize winning photographer and photography trainer, Greg Marinovich, gives expression at the end of an amazing media event
Overall project co-ordinator, Ruth de Vries, from World Press Photo gets into the mood
Nigerian photographers, Andrew Eisebo (right) and Adolphus Opara (centre), engage with a Ghanaian cheer leader
World Press Photo award winning photographer and photographer trainer, Chris de Bode interacts with Ghana’s self-proclaimed Number 1 Supporter, Oboa Samuel
lokaalmondiaal director, Stefan Verwer (left) and Marc de Boere (right) run and were working on producing a book from the project that will be published in Holland by KIT Publishers
Zimbabwean photographer, Davina Jogi checks her camera between shooting in the Ohere Djan stadium
Kenyan photographer, Julius Mwelu captures a portrait of a Ghanaian cheerleader
Andre from lokaalmondiaal gets friendly with senior Ghanaian security personnel. Andre is producing a documentary on the Twenty Ten project and spent the week following Twenty Ten journalists and photographers
Nigerian photographers, Andrew Eisebo (right) and Akintunde Akinleye (centre), follow the triumphant Ghanaian team off the field at the close of the match
Nigerian photographer, Andrew Eisebo (right) uses creative measures to get a shot of star Ghanaian striker Michael Essien
South African journalist, Lucky Sindane (left) and Zimbabwean photographer, Davina Jogi, enjoy the post match celebrations