Over 2000 Ghanaian fans are expected to cheer up the Black Stars in Qatar.
There are roughly 2200 Ghanaian fans that live here, according to Henry Asante Twum, the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) director of communication. When we play the Portuguese on Thursday, the majority of them will be there at the stadium.
“I’ve been informed that 1,200 fans are also being flown in from Accra to Doha. So, we anticipate at least 2,500 fans here, he said, according to Accra-based Joy News in Qatar.
The president of the country, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has pledged to assist the 26-man Black Stars team as well as the full technical staff.
The president provided the assurance when he met with a delegation from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the All Supporters Union of Ghana, led by Minister for Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif, on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the Jubilee House to sign the national flag intended to mobilize public support for the Black Stars team.
The Black Stars, who will play and represent their country in Qatar, were advised by President Akufo-Addo to “know and feel that the entire nation, without the distinction of politics, religion, or ethnicity; the entire Ghanaian nation are 100% solidly behind them.”
After the squad’s 2-0 win over Switzerland in a pre-tournament friendly, President Akufo-Addo expressed confidence that the team will represent the nation with honor, saying: “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.”
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He sent the Black Stars good luck for the competition.
“I want to start by saying how much I appreciate each and every one of you for making the time to see me before the tournament so that we could all wish the black stars the best of luck.
“We all understand how much football means to us in our country and how rich our football past is. History that dates back to the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, and now; and I have every confidence that the players who have been chosen, all the way up to the outstanding technical team we have under the direction of Otto Addo, will enable us to give a very good account of ourselves.
President Akufo-Addo recalled Pele’s 1970s prediction that an African nation would soon win the African Cup of Nations, saying: “A long time ago, the greatest footballer who ever lived, the Brazilian, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, said that very soon an African country will win the African Cup and I know that, when he said that, he had in mind Ghana.”
As a result, he exhorted all Ghanaians to “unite around the team, and make sure that we give them our maximum support.” They will go a great distance to Doha, Qatar, but they should be aware that the entire country of Ghana is completely behind them and makes no distinctions based on politics, religion, or ethnicity.
“I am impressed with the plans outlined by the Minister for Youth and Sports and everyone participating in the Black Stars administration. The Black Stars have been given the finest possible conditions to move on thanks to well-organized and systematic efforts.