The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has urged the Black Stars to end the nation’s four-decade wait for an African Cup of Nations title by winning the competition in Cameroon this year.
The Stars begin their campaign with a match against Africa’s Number 2 ranked side, Morocco later today.
While Ghana might not be considered among the top favourites to win the cup, the Black Stars are still considered one of the best football teams on the continent.
And the President believes that with the quality the current team possesses, the Black Stars are in a good position to end the title drought this year.
In a message to the team ahead of their opening match on Monday Nana Akufo-Addo wished the team well and urged them to meet Ghanaians’ expectations by going all the way in Cameroon.
“On the eve of the 2021 AFCON, I send best wishes from all Ghanaians to you, the playing, technical and management teams of the senior national football side, the Black Stars. We’re all happy that the AFCON 2021 tournament is going to be held, the coronavirus pandemic notwithstanding,” Nana Addo said.
“Like with every other edition of the AFCON, the Ghanaian people demand nothing short of ultimate glory from the Stars. The pressure to succeed is understandably high because of our status as four-time winners and also because it has been 40 long years since we last lifted the trophy. The target for you naturally is to bring the cup home. We have to go a step further than the second places recorded in 1992, 2010 and 2015 and bring the 40-year drought to an end. The task may be daunting but it is certainly not insurmountable to match any of the best teams on the continent. I believe that in the current crop of players we have the talent to match any of the best teams on the continent.”
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