AFCON 2019: Be focused – Bawumia to Black Stars

Dr Bawumia and his wife Samira in Ghana colours

Ghana’s Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has sent well wishes to the Black Stars ahead of their first game against Benin in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The game kicks off tonight at 20.00GMT at the Ismailia Sports Stadium in Egypt after the Group F opener between Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau.

Dr. Bawumia in a post on Facebook is confident the Black Stars can end the AFCON title drought this year and urged Ghanaians to rally behind the team.

“I wish the Black Stars of Ghana the best of luck in our opening game against Les Écureuils of Benin this evening,” he said.

“I urge the team to be focused and resilient in our quest to break the 37 years dry spell at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

“As a country, let’s rally behind the Black Stars and provide them the necessary support to win the trophy for the fifth (5th) time in our football history,” Dr. Bawumia concluded.

Sports Ministry To Black Stars

Meanwhile, the Youth and Sports Ministry has wished and sent a goodwill message to the Black Stars before they start their AFCON 2019 campaign in Egypt.

Isaac Asiamah
Isaac Asiamah

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana wishes the Senior National Soccer team, the Black Stars the very best of luck as the team competes in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Egypt 2019.

The Minister is confident the Black Stars, who have over the years been a force to reckon with, based on their stellar performances in previous editions of the tournament, is very capable lifting the prestigious AFCON trophy for the 5th time.

“Government can asure the nation that all logistics have been provided. The team must continue to live in unity and be committed to the task ahead as indicated by the President when he met the players prior to their departure for the tournament,” he said.

As the President said, “without teamwork, you cannot succeed so teamwork is very essential. You have to work for each other. Helping each other to win the trophy, that’s the teamwork we are looking at.”

Asiamah appealled to all Ghanaians to get behind the four-time Champions of Africa and support the team as they embark on a difficult journey to win the Nations first senior trophy in 37 years to end the drought.

“I can boldly conclude that there’s no doubt that a spirited and passionate support for our team during the tournament will surely motivate them to deliver the trophy for Ghana,” Asiamah added.

By Delrand Ansah Mensah Whyte (SKIPPER), Daily Mail GH

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