Ghana victory delights President

15 years ago

Ghana President, J.A Kufour says the senior side, the Black Stars would receive massive support from government for preparations ahead of the African Cup of Nations which would be hosted in four cities across the country in 2008.

President Kufour, led Parliament to savour the moment when he addressed the house in his State of the Nation address on Thursday.

The recent successes chalked by the team according to the President bodes well for the competitions ahead.

The Black Stars thumped Nigeria 4-1 in a friendly international played at Brentford’s Griffin park on Tuesday.

“The senior national team, the Black Stars will be given the motivation and encouragement it needs to prepare adequately for the CAN 2008.

"Did somebody say we trounced a team from a neighbouring country lately? This portends well for CAN 2008 and the World Cup later in South Africa,” the President said in his address to the house.

The President also said the country was gearing for the hosting of the African Cup of Nations in 2008.

“In this regard, the country is gearing up for the hosting of the continent’s biggest football fiesta.

"The construction of two new stadia at Sekondi and Tamale is on schedule and the rehabilitation of the Accra and Kumasi stadia is also progressing steadily.

"Arrangements for funding to support the construction of the Cape Coast stadium are being finalized and construction is expected to commence in the course of this year.”

According to the sitting President, sports would be playing a key role in the nations development.

“The policy of the government is to re-position sports as the embodiment of the spirit of the new Ghana. This should enhance a sense of integration, peace and development.

"Government is committed to sustaining the huge gains made at the 2006 Soccer World Cup tournament as well as propelling the nation’s sports to new heights.”