Ghana’s senior national football team, the Black Stars, have been inspired by President Nana Akufo-Addo to approach the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with confidence and a “can-do” mentality.
He voiced hope that the team would eventually win the trophy, which Ghana has been missing for more than 40 years.
At the team’s camp in Kumasi, President Akufo-Addo attended a farewell dinner with important guests, including Hon. Seth Adjei Baah, Board Chairman of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Youth and Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif, and Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Mensah.
The Black Stars’ pre-tournament preparations in Kumasi came to an end with this farewell, which resulted in a goalless draw against Namibia on January 8. Ghana’s AFCON journey starts on January 14 against Cape Verde, with additional matches against Egypt and Mozambique. Ghana was drawn in Group B with Cape Verde, Egypt, and Mozambique.
Minister Ussif echoed the President’s assurances, expressing a strong belief in Coach Chris Hughton’s team to bring an end to Ivory Coast’s AFCON trophy drought.
On January 10, the Black Stars are scheduled to leave Accra for Abidjan, where they will complete their preparations in advance of Sunday’s pivotal opening game against Cape Verde.