Prior to the 2022 World Cup, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic, guaranteed the 26-member Black Stars contingent and the full technical staff of the nation’s unwavering support.
The President stated that the Black Stars, who will represent the country and play at the distant World Cup in Qatar, ” should know and feel that the entire nation, without the distinction of politics, religion, ethnicity; the entire Ghanaian nation are 100% solidly behind them.”
In order to sign the national flag and encourage public support for the team, the President met with a delegation that included the Ghana Football Association, all of the Supporters Unions of Ghana, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, today, Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the Jubilee House.
“I know that they are not there to make up the numbers and that they are going to give a very excellent account of themselves,” President Akufo-Addo stated in a message of confidence following today’s Two-Zero triumph against Switzerland in a pre-tournament friendly.
Therefore, he stated, “I want first of all to thank all of you, very much for making the effort to come and see me before the competition starts, so that we can all together wish the black stars the very best of luck,”.
“All of us know what football means to us in this country and what a very rich history we have in football. History that goes right back to the 50s, and 60s and 70s, 80s and 90s, right up till today; and I’m very confident that the players that have been selected, right up to the excellent technical team that we have under the leadership of Otto Addo, that we are going to give a very good account of ourselves.”
Recalling Pele’s prediction of the 1970s, the President said, “a long time ago, the greatest footballer that has ever lived, the Brazilian, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, said that very soon an African country is going to win the African Cup and I know that, when he said that, he had in mind Ghana.”
He therefore called on all to “rally round the team, and make sure that we give them our maximum support. They are going to go a long way away to Doha in Qatar, but they should know that the entire nation, without distinction of politics, religion, ethnicity; the entire Ghanaian nation are 100% solidly behind them.”
“I am impressed by the arrangements that the Minister for Youth and Sports, has made and all those who are involved in the administration of the Black Stars. Very well organised and systematic efforts have been made to make sure that we give the Black Stars the best possible conditions, to go forward,” he said.