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Ghana President Mahama charges Black Stars to win 2013 Nations Cup

Published on: 03 January 2013

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana President John Mahama has urged the Black Stars to go all out to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The President was speaking at a brief ceremony at the Castle where the team had gone to receive it’s parting blessings ahead of their trip to Abu Dhabi for their pre-Nations Cup camp.

Ghana has not won the African cup in 31-years – getting as close to the grand finale on two occasions within this period.

The team is however determined to end the years of hurt and anguish by annexing the title in South Africa.

President Mahama in speaking on behalf of the nation has told the Black Stars not to underrate any opposition in their quest to win the 2013 AFCON.

“We shouldn’t take anybody for granted, any nation we meet we must play at our best in order that we are able to continue (in the competition),” he said.

“I am sure that with God on our side, we will win the cup and bring it back.

“And I wish to assure the stars that if that happen, this nation will show its appreciation to them in a special way.

“And so I want you (Black Stars) to feel encouraged, go do your best, die for your nation and I am sure that God will reward us with the cup.”

The Black Stars will leave Accra on Friday for their 11-day camp in the UAE capital.

The team is expected to arrive in South Africa on January 16 – four days ahead of their group opener against DR Congo.

Ghana will also face Mali and Niger in subsequent group games in South Africa.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • kuuku philly says:
    January 03, 2013 02:16 pm
    I like aful glasses!
  • tiger says:
    January 03, 2013 02:31 pm
    Nice one Mr president! That's a good way of think! Let's pray that God will surely give the trophy to black stars in order to end the 31years trophy drought. We reached semi-finals in 2008, Again we reached the finals in 2010, And again we reached semi-finals in 2012. But we couldn't win the trophy. For this year i strongly believe that Black stars will come home with the trophy in Jesus name Amen!
  • Coconutman says:
    January 03, 2013 03:32 pm
    Well said Mr President! Ghana can have only one President at a time. Mr Akuffo Addo needs to withdraw his law suite. Ghana has come a long way. One man cannot put himself ahead of the majority. Learn from the US, Romney lost by a slim margin and he could have cried voter fraud and filed a law suite but he did not. Be a patriot and take your loss for the unity and progress of Ghana and Africa. We do not want prosperous Ghana descending into violence. Akuffo Addo, love your country and give up this law suite, maybe you can try again in the next election and my advice to you is win some more votes in the other regions dominated by the opposition then you will be President. President Obama had the African American vote but he still had to go out and get votes from the middle class, Latinos, Students, Rural America, Women, Gays to win the election, this is how you become President of a country. If you need help call me I have a BA in political Science and an MA in International Relations, I love Ghana and politics. Go Black Stars, play your hearts out for your country!
  • bin gbagbo says:
    January 03, 2013 03:47 pm
    i pray we dont face zambia aagain.....cas they will lash us again...God listen to our prayer
  • nana offei U S A says:
    January 03, 2013 04:33 pm
    please do not say what you dont know, Matt.Romney did not even come close to Obama almost 65% different from the popular vote what did you talking about? i voted my self even my states used to be in repobilican states but obama won it.
  • Kwame says:
    January 03, 2013 08:52 pm
    Nigeria and Burkina Faso will eliminate Zambia thus paving a way for us to lift this elusive cup!!!
  • Coconutman says:
    January 04, 2013 03:10 am
    "Nana Offei U S A", President Obama got 51% and Mitt Romney got 47% of the popular vote in the 2012 election (that is a fact check Google). The Republican party and Mitt Romney could have made a lot of trouble but they conceded the election because no matter how close the election was they still lost. You however missed my point. It is time for Nana Akuffo Addo to concede the election and congratulate President Mahama for winning. Ghana is one of the best democracies in Africa and the World and nobody wants Akuffo Addo with his big ego to mess things up in Ghana. His family's name has been linked with the Ghana courts for generations and it is ironic that he wants the courts to decide the election results. Nana Akuffo Addo should have settled for law instead of politics. Ghana is bigger that any individual Ghanaian and it is time Nana Akuffo Addo acknowledges the will of the people even though that majority was razor thin. The Ghana Election Commissioner and the International observers all say the elections were free and fair as it has been for decades but that is not good enough for Akuffo Addo. The man does not want Ghana to be peaceful and prosperous. He wants to take Ghana backwards. If Ghana turns violent like he wants there will be no soccer and all the great institutions that have been built over the decades will be destroyed. All peace loving, soccer/football loving Ghanaians should convince Akuffo Addo to give up his lost cause. It is over. Ghana already has a President. His name is President Mahama.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 04, 2013 07:28 am