Kofi Annan's open letter to Ghana's World Cup team

Published on: 08 July 2010

Heartbroken – that’s how you must have felt at the end of your epic match against Uruguay last Friday. There is no other word for it. Hundreds of millions of us felt the same way like Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General.

Dear Black Stars,

Heartbroken – that’s how you must have felt at the end of your epic match against Uruguay last Friday. There is no other word for it. Hundreds of millions of us felt the same way.

For a moment, my reaction to those last minutes of drama was “how unfair”. But in fact, while you lost the game, you came out winners. I wanted to congratulate you not only on a fantastic performance in which you can take great pride, but also for accepting your defeat with dignity. You won because you were such great ambassadors for the game – and for Africa.

I cannot think of another occasion on which the whole continent was so united as during your quarterfinal. “BaGhana BaGhana” replaced “Bafana, Bafana” for our South African hosts, and I am sure I could hear the earth shake when Muntari scored – a mighty roar went up from Cairo to Cape Town, Dakar to Dar es Salam – even the deafening Vuvuzelas couldn’t match it. This thunderous solidarity is a tribute to you all, and a great omen for Africa, which is so often depicted as divided and conflicted. You won because you brought us all together.

Crucially, this unity went far beyond the shores of our continent. Millions of non-Africans cheered for you, too, something that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago. I am sure, we have all felt at some stage of our lives that the world is united against Africa. But this World Cup, and particularly your last match, has shown the enormous goodwill towards our continent. You won – we all won - because you opened so many hearts and eyes.

The lasting trophy to take away from the tournament is this incredible moment of unity. I wish we could preserve it and invoke it more broadly for the development and wellbeing of the continent. There is no reason why we should wait another four years for another moment of solidarity; we can draw upon what you have created, now.

Kofi A. Annan

Chair of the Africa Progress Panel

Comments

  • cmj
    says: 9 years ago
    Great note from a great son of Africa.
  • black moon
    says: 9 years ago
    well said great Ghanaian!
  • Sam
    says: 9 years ago
    This is inspirational. I guess this will motivate the Black Stars players to die a little for mother Ghana.I guess other leaders and countrymen have read this piece. Mother Ghana need such motivation words. Bravo daddy Kofi!
  • Olarzu
    says: 9 years ago
    Thats truly pure legend of Africa, Thanks for your sweet words. Africa Unite!!!!!!!!
  • special one
    says: 9 years ago
    African most great man of all times
  • edd
    says: 9 years ago
    Beautiful!!1
  • kit2!!!!!!!!!
    says: 9 years ago
    MOBA
  • Ashantiman
    says: 9 years ago
    Much Love, Mr Annan!!!!!!!
  • AMINU
    says: 9 years ago
    Thank u. Well said. Ghana, in fact the whole of Africa and the 'black world' is proud of u
  • T.T.
    says: 9 years ago
    We need such a beautiful speech to encourage Black Stars for next tournament. Thank you Mr. Annan and thank you BLACK STARS !!!
  • d-rock
    says: 9 years ago
    perfect...you are really a charimatic leader.....we are proud of yuh
  • Onaa
    says: 9 years ago
    It was our time to honour the likes of Mandela,Kofi Annan, and the rest but........ That monkey(suarez), has cost Africa the chance of doing that. Mr.Annan, lets pray for long life, and i hope that time of honour will surely come.
  • A concerned citizen
    says: 9 years ago
    Thanks Kofi Annan for your kinds words of encouragement. We were almost there but Suarez's hand of the devil prevented us. The future is bright so i believe 2014 World Cup in Brazil we will get to the ultimate.
  • sunshine
    says: 9 years ago
    MR ANNAN,PLS ADVICE MILO TO LEAVE BLACKSTARS POST. WE DON'T NEED HIM.HE'S KILLING OUR SOCCER.HE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABT SOCCER.SOME PEOPLE ARE PRAISNG HIM,BUT LET ME TELL U ALL THE GROUPS GHANA HAD WERE SO EASY THUS WHY SOME PEOPLE SEE THIS MILO AS HEROE. STARTING FROM THE WC ELIMINATION,CUP OF NATIONS AND WC,ALL THESE GROUPS WERE EASY YET GHANA STRUGGLED A LOT. THIS WILL NOT BE THE SAME ALWAYS.IF WE HAPPEN TO BE IN DIFFICULT GROUP IS IN FUTURE THERE THAT U'LL SEE THIS MILO IS USELESS.SACK MILO NOW
  • bonso
    says: 9 years ago
    future president of Rep of Ghana. YOU ARE A GREAT LEADER OF GHANA AND OF AFRICA
  • EBEN
    says: 9 years ago
    A true African
  • Kennedy Nyadzie
    says: 9 years ago
    Well said great son of Africa. God bless you this inspirational words. Africa's legend' yeah that's what you are. i love you.
  • hussein mohammed mukkaddas
    says: 9 years ago
    judging from the circumstance under which Ghana lost, i strongly believe that the Good Lord really has something very special in store for Ghana for that matter, Africa. let us be patient, hopeful and prayerful and more importantly stay united as Africans.Winning the world cup on African soil could have been really special but it would be much much sweeter if we fight on different continent and bring the joy to Africa. Just imagine Africa lifting the trophy in Brazil. It shall come to pass Insha-Allah.In every situation we need to give thanks and praises to the Lord for every misfortune is a blessing, that we must not fail to see.God Bless South Africa for proving to the world that Africa has really come of age and that WE can never be left behind. God Bless Ghana! God Bless Africa! AFRICA UNITE! OOOOOOO YES WE CAN. BUSUMURU KOFI ANAN, A REAL MOBA, A TRUE WINNER FOR AFRICA. (i was in Sarbah Picot- Alhassan Sanusi)