The senior national team, the Black Stars, according to the Sports Minister, have been given everything that they need to perform – deliver the joy of the soccer-crazy nation, at the on-going African Cup of Nations in Cameroun.
The sports minister says they have the logistics and the money to put up a five-star performance at the tournament.
The expectation of Ghanaians therefore is that they would lift their game to qualify for the next stage of the competition, the knock-out stage and go from there to win the trophy that has eluded the football loving country for four decades.
In a chat with the players, he said “On our part as government, you can attest to it that we have done our part because every single thing that we have to put in place I have ensured his Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made it available so there is nothing for you to be worried about as far as financial and logistical issues are concerned. All we need is for you to deliver.”
The senior national team has always been considered among the favourites to win the African Cup of Nation’s at every tournament but the last time, it won the cup was in 1982.
The Black Stars beat Libya, the host nation, 7-6 on penalties, to lift the trophy and this was after the match had ended in a 1-1 stalemate after extra time.
The performance of the senior national team in the on-going tournament has been disappointing to many a passionate Ghanaian football fans – losing by a lone goal to Morocco and then being held to 1-1 draw by low-rated Gabon.
The Black Stars would now have to beat the Comoros in their final group game to have any realistic chance of making it to the next stage of the tournament.
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