His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged the Black Stars of Ghana to play as a team to enable them win the trophy at the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Nana Akufo-Addo made the passionate appeal when the team and management had a farewell dinner at the Jubilee House with him.
The pre-departure meeting at Jubilee House falls in line with the President’s deep conviction that the 37 year trophy drought can be broken if the right steps are taken in earnest and with unity at the forefront of Ghana’s quest to conquer Africa once again in Egypt.
His Excellency Nana Addo at the meeting interacted with all players present, the entire technical and the management team to give the squad a much needed morale-booster.
Speaking during the meeting, President Akufo-Addo said the only way to cement the team spirit of the Black Stars is to, without any shadow of reservation, respect at all times the direction given by the Coach and the duly appointed captain.
“You have to respect unreservedly, the authority of the coach and the authority of the captain, that is basic rules, non-negotiable rules; if you don’t do it, everybody will be going their separate ways. If you do that you cement the team work and you will become a cohesive forceful force”, the President said.
The President expressed great faith in the players of the Ghana Black Stars stating that he has no doubt that they are amongst the best players on the continent of Africa and among some of the best players in the world.
Teamwork, President Akufo-Addo said: “Is at the heart of success in football as it is in virtually every enterprise. Without it, you can’t succeed. To this end, he urged the players “to work for each other on the field of play.
“Helping each other to win the trophy, that is the team work we are looking at”.
“So, your slogan, that is the slogan of the year, ‘the year of return’, this, indeed, is the year of return”, of Ghana’s 2019 Afcon campaign which is to bring the trophy to Ghana after going trophy-less for the last 37 years.
President Akufo-Addo indicated that he is planning to travel to Egypt to watch the first match of the team and hopefully the final match with the Black Stars featuring.
“It is my intention to come and watch your first match on the 25th of June and if with God’s grace, which I believe He will give us, you make the final, I would come there as well to come and watch you”, President Akufo-Addo said.