Ghana players invited by Mandela over World Cup performance

Published on: 30 June 2010

South Africa iconic leader Nelson Mandela has invited Ghana’s World Cup players to meet him on Saturday because  of their sterling performances during the tournament in his country.

The Black Stars will confer with the highly respected Nobel Prize award winner in Port Elizabeth whether they win their quarter final match against Uruguay or not.

The meeting is meant to give the Black Stars the opportunity to meet and talk with Mandela who is known to be an ardent football follower.

The Black Stars will be hosted to a dinner with the ex-South Africa president who is expected to thank them to representing Africa very well in the tournament.

Ghana is the only African side to have reached the second round of the tournament despite having six sides from the continent in the competition.

Ghanasoccernet sources inside the Black Stars camp say the players are also planning to return to visit Mandela if they advance and win a medal.

They will show their trophies to the leader before they depart for Accra if they manage to reach the last four and win a medal.

Mandela remains one of the world's most revered statesman, who led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy.

Despite many years in jail, he emerged to become the country's first black president and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Since stepping down as president in 1999, Mr Mandela has become South Africa's highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV and Aids and securing his country's right to host the 2010 football World Cup.

The government of South Africa has hailed Ghana for uplifting the image of Africa during the tournament.

Comments

  • STANLEY
    says: 9 years ago
    All African head of states should come on board to motivate the Ghana black stars to win fridays match against Uruguay.
  • [email protected] Sierra Leone
    says: 9 years ago
    only hope this will not distract their attention coz dinning with a prolific figure like Mandela is a "Once In A lIFE tIME " thing. pls BS WIN THIS MATCH FOR US AND STOP THIS 1/4 JINX OF A THING FOR AFRICAN TEAMS.I KNOW U CAN! I PERSONALLY WILL GIVE EACH PLAYER LE3,000,000 IF THEY BEAT THE URUGUAYANS. FORLAN AND SUAREZ ARE MY MAIN THREAT.I HOPE THEY FALL ILL BEFORE THE MATCH SO THAT THEY WILL NOT PLAY.I will send the money thru Money Gram to the FA(ALL 23 PLAYERS WILL GET A TOTAL OF LE23M - THATS BIG MONEY HERE IN SIERRA LEONE. DONT KNOW THE EQUIVALENT IN GH CEDIS ANYWAY!
  • Ace
    says: 9 years ago
    THIS IS WHERE MOTHER AFRICA SHOULD UNITE...
  • d-rock
    says: 9 years ago
    THIS MAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN GREAT AND WILL NOT STOP MAKING THE BEST THINGS HAPPEN TO AFRICAN ..WE LOVE YOU MANDELA...GHANA IS PROUD OF YOU ..AND I KNOW THE BOYS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU .... IT IS STILL A PITY THOUGH THAT WE AFRICANS ARE STILL NOT CONFIDENT IN OUR FELLOW BLACK COACHES....GOD BLESS OUR LEADERS...
  • otunla
    says: 9 years ago
    well done black stars, i know with GOD u've already made it to the final of S.Africa world cup 2010. Mandela will dinne with u again before u come home with the World Cup Trophy. All Africans shd.pray very well for the Black Stars to Win this World Cup. Black Stars go all out and bring the Cup home.
  • oheneba
    says: 9 years ago
    a man's gift shall make a room for him and bring him/her before kings. says the the Bible and this is the undoubtedly true.
  • adjoa
    says: 9 years ago
    i knw it will be a real honor for the black stars to meet mandela
  • bigoston
    says: 9 years ago
    this MILO man has made all of us proud.he has now brought fame and winning spirit into our team even now government oficials are calling the name our national team to be changed.wow MLIO we thank u 4 helping us this far and once again helping re-instigating our name in the world map ,go black stars go ghana
  • bigoston
    says: 9 years ago
    i have now come to really understood what our forfathers said and left 4 us which tells us that the STAR represent the hope of Africa.YEA GO BLACK STARS COS U ARE THE HOPE OF AFRICA.