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2014 World Cup: Ghana President charges Blacks Stars to make history by winning World Cup

Published on: 23 May 2014
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana President John Mahama has charged the Black Stars to ‘die a little’ for their nation to ensure they make history by winning the World Cup for the first time in Brazil.

The President was speaking at a state dinner to bid the Black Stars an official farewell as they embark on their third successive campaign at the World showpiece.

Ghana is drawn in a tough group where they will be battling USA, Germany and Portugal for the two progressive slots in Group G.

The Black Stars at the state dinner on Thursday

Ghana President John Mahama however believes the Black Stars who have started preparations for June’s finals in Brazil can make history by winning the ultimate backed by the prayers and good wishes of their countrymen.

“Ghana and the citizens of this great country are expecting the very best from you,” President Mahama said at the function held at the State Banquet Hall on Thursday.

“We expect you to die a little for your country. We expect and pray that Ghana lifts the World Cup for the first time in our history.

Asamoah Gyan and John Boye having a laugh at the state dinner

“And we must believe that this is possible. We respect our opponents but we don’t fear them.

“While we respect the reputation of USA, Portugal and Germany, let me assure you that they also respect our reputation even more.

“We are going to go into every match with a strategy and with God on our side, we shall overcome.

“We have so much faith in you. Indeed the whole of Ghana has so much faith and confidence in you.

The Black Stars players thanking the President for his inspirational words

“Ghanaians believe in you. The hearts and mights and hopes of all Ghanaians are with your and never forget that.”

Replica Black Stars jerseys autographed by the President was later auctioned to raise funds to boost the Sports Ministry's projects for the 2014 World Cup.

IPMC offered the highest bid of the night, pledging GHS 75,000 while Kwame Osei (Despite) followed with a pledge of GHS 60,000.

President Mahama signing the replica jerseys which were auctioned on the night

Companies such as Special Ice, Consar Constructions and the like followed with GHS 50,000 pledges.

The Black Stars will face a locally select side in an exhibition match on Friday before embarking on their training camp in the Netherlands.

Coach Kwesi Appiah’s team will play the Dutch national team in an international friendly on May 31st before moving camp to the USA where they will also be playing another friendly against South Korea.

Black Stars players at the state dinner on Thursday


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • Mumbi says:
    May 23, 2014 02:47 am
    Mr president, ghana will be eliminated in the group stages. Your squad is not good enough to beat any of their group opponents. "TRUTH".
  • One Bullet! says:
    May 23, 2014 01:11 pm
    Great sons of Africa,do it for the Africa,In Zambia we have little doubt over your potential.Black stars is no longer Ghana 's business its Africa 's business. Lets do it Brothers!
  • Mumbi says:
    May 23, 2014 01:42 pm
    @Wuatoto Maddogg, thanks. @ one Bullet wait 4 June to come so u prove my point. En 4 u kukupiliy, deliver to your own mum what u re thinking.
  • Benito says:
    May 23, 2014 01:33 pm
    It's possible...Ghana will prove the haters wrong.go black stars!!!!
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 23, 2014 05:04 pm
    Mumbi u don't want to know what I have in stored for her.kwasia. ni ba 3tis3 wow.
  • Wuatoto MaddDogg says:
    May 23, 2014 10:37 am
    why you ghanaians when someone gives their vivid and candid view you all take on him cursin' their folks and all of that was that how y'all were brought up in tha' HIPC food begging errthang begging nation y'all live in Thumbs Up Mumbi Keep sayin' your mind always and as for 06/16 Ghanaians are gonna be in a shock of their lives Jurgen Klinsmann will school you people like Krazy
  • Thomasnice32 says:
    May 23, 2014 09:26 am
    @mumbi u are very stupid ok.has italy won euro championship befor,but they have won four world u think that if u win afcon u can win world cup.u said we have not won any trophy fo 32years,i want to ask,did u know how many years spain waited before winning their second trophy,they waited for 44years before winning their second trophy in zambian man i dont want to talk much takes luck before u can be a champion.i love my country ghana and i love black stars.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 23, 2014 09:40 am
    mumbi did u gave ur mother my message...hope u did.....i like their outfit..
  • Teyedan says:
    May 23, 2014 08:24 am
    With all these players these countries has argentina,england,germany,italy,netherlands,france have they been able to win a trophy for these past ten years on their continent.You people should stop talking ill of Ghana. Go black stars and bring the trophy to Ghana.
  • kofi says:
    May 23, 2014 05:49 am
    @numbing. Ghana is one of the best 32 football nations in the world to qualify. where are you from. Are you an African?
  • Sasu says:
    May 23, 2014 06:12 am
    4get abt mumbi dwarf
  • Mumbi says:
    May 23, 2014 06:13 am
    @Koffing, take it easy the president is demanding a lot from a team which is not even good enough to win afcon. What more of the WC? Truth hurts but we can't stop saying it.
  • Mumbi says:
    May 23, 2014 06:18 am
    Sasu I thought we agreed not to insult, watch your mouth.
  • caroline mensah says:
    May 23, 2014 06:43 am
    But Mumbi, Ghana has a world class world cup song - if we all sing it hard we may yet make it to the last 16
  • Gada says:
    May 23, 2014 08:38 am
    Dnt mind tht zambian guy he is a secret supporter.