Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo, the president of the Republic of Ghana appears to be raising his expectations very high after declaring emphatically that Ghana will be the first African country to win the coveted FIFA World Cup trophy.
He stated this in a speech delivered in his place by the Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare, during the two days of events in Ghana when David Trezeguet, a FIFA star and the 1998 World Cup winner, escorted the trophy.
He stated, “I am of the firm confidence that Ghana will not only take part in the competition but also make the entire nation and therefore the African continent proud, with a superb performance.”
He said “I, therefore, want to urge all Ghanaians, in conclusion, to throng the Accra Polo Court to view the trophy and to be part of history, before we finally bring the cup home on 18th December. We, who were the first to gain our freedom and independence from colonial rule, will be the first to bring the World Cup to Africa.”
The senior national team of Ghana, Black Stars will begin its first match against Portugal on November 24, 2022, at Stadium 974 in Doha.
Four days later, the Black Stars will return to action with a clash with South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.
The team will wrap up its group stage adventure with its much-anticipated encounter with Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.
Invoking Luiz Suárez’s handball against Ghana in 2010, Nana Addo predicted that the Black Stars would overcome them this time around in Qatar.
He said: “We have also had to wait for twelve (12) years to get revenge against Uruguay, and we assure them that, this time, the hand of Suarez will not save them against the Black Stars of Ghana. They are going down!!”.