By Ameenu Shardow
President John Mahama has charged the Black Stars to qualify and improve upon Ghanaâ€™s record at the 2014 World Cup.
The nation is still grieving over the teamâ€™s disappointing finish at the just ended 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Black Stars failed to end a 31-year trophy drought in South Africa after crashing out at the semi-final stage in a penalty shootout loss to Burkina Faso.
Coach Akwasi Appiahâ€™s men failed to pick themselves up from the crashing defeat to succumb to a depresssing 3-1 loss to Mali in the third-place playoff to end the competition empty handed.
Ghanaâ€™s President Mahama in his first State of the Nation adress to Parliament has now tasked the team to first qualify and then exceed the feat attained by the Black Starsâ€™ previous World Cup particiaption in Brazil 2014.
"I request the FA and management of the Stars to take steps to building a more formidable team that will not only qualify for the World Cup but will surpass the achievements of their predecessors in previous World Cup,â€ he said on Thursday.
Ghana will resume its campaign in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers next month against Sudan.
The team is expected to revive the waning confidence of Ghanaians with a resounding defeat against the Falcons of Jediane on March 24 in Kumasi.