The Vice President, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, has sent out a rallying cry to the Black Stars of Ghana as they prepare for their opening game at the ongoing 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.
The Vice President released a video with a message of hope and inspiration to the senior national team, calling for them to be brave and seek to emulate the deeds of their predecessors and make Ghana proud.
Dr Bawumia said the Black Stars have shocked the world before in previous World Cups and he is confident they can do so once again.
The Veep said: “The moment has come to take on the world. We have a group of talented players who have been selected and they cannot be intimidated by anyone. I want to urge the Black Stars to go on and play their hearts out for Mother Ghana. We can stand the world, we have done it before and we can do it again,”
Ghana kicks off her 2022 World Cup campaign at 1600 UTC on Thursday, November 24, playing against a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal team.
The Black Stars last met Portugal in the Group Stages of the 2014 World Cup, losing a hard-fought game by 2 goals to 1 after a late Cristiano Ronaldo goal following a stunning howler from goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.
That led to Ghana’s only elimination from the World Cup Group Stages, a fate the team would face once more if they contrive to lose to Portugal once again.
Dr Bawumia called on the Stars to emulate not the faltering team of 2014 but the successful Stars of 2006 and 2010, who reached the World Cup Round of 16 and Quarter Finals, in Germany and South Africa respectively.
“They should go out and emulate the historic deeds of their predecessors. God bless you all, we can do it. Go Ghana go, Go Black Stars go” the Veep admonished.
A staunch football fan, Dr Bawumia made sure to display some footballing skills in the video which were nothing short of impressive.
The onus now lies on the Black Stars to display more impressive skills on the field of play, which they will need if they are to progress from a deadly group containing not only Portugal but South Korea, led by Tottenham Hotspurs forward Son Heung-min, as well as 2010 nemesis Uruguay, led by a certain Luis Suarez.
The Black Stars Would Shock The World In Qatar – Dr Bawumia Declares
The Vice President’s confidence in the Black Stars has never wavered as prior to the team emplaning for Qatar, he made a similar declaration after leadership of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) paid him a courtesy call.
The visit, on Thursday, October 20th 2022, was to present him with the newly designed PUMA Black Stars strip and to solicit for support for the World Cup.
The GFA delegation was led by President Kurt Okraku, accompanied by Executive Council Members Frederick Acheampong, Nana Sarfo Oduro, Kingsley Osei Bonsu and Samuel Anim Addo accompanied the President.
Speaking during the visit, Bawumia declared that the Black Stars are going to shock a few people with their performances at the World Cup in Qatar.
We have very high hopes that this time the team we have put together would surprise one or two people in Qatar so I just want to wish you the very best as you go through the final preparation for the World Cup’’ H.E Dr. Bawumia said.