Former South African President Thabo Mbeki backs the Black Stars to continue to lead Africa at the World Cup and do the continent proud.
The leader in message sent to the President of the Ghana Football Association congratulated and extended his best wishes to the playing body, coaching and management teams.
Read full text of former President's message
I wish to convey my heartfelt congratulations to you, the Ghana Football Association and the Ghana Black Stars national team for its outstanding success in advancing to the next round of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
It is clear that the Black Stars will now have to discharge the highly honourable and well deserved responsibility to represent Africa and the African Diaspora in the next stages of the World Cup.
In this regard the Black Stars will remain true to the role that Ghana has played as an eminent leader of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora as they have worked to resolve the challenges we have had to confront.
I am certain that these millions will now rally behind the Black Stars to guarantee that we cap the fact of the very successful hosting of the World Cup by Africa by ensuring that on behalf of the Continent and the Diaspora, the Black Stars, now of Africa, win the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
Please convey my congratulations, form support and best wishes to the team as well as the coaching and management teams.
I am certain that the Black Stars will continue to do us proud.