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Ghana government promises smooth campaign for Black Stars ahead of 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Ghana’s Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif has reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring the Black Stars secure qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Black Stars failed to qualify for the 2018 edition of the tournament in Russia and will be looking to make a record fourth World Cup appearance.

Speaking to the players ahead of their game against Ethiopia on Friday, Mustapha Ussif called on the players to do their best to make the country proud.

‘’I bring you greetings from H.E President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, the man who himself is a sports enthusiast. Everybody knows that he likes football and as you embark on this journey, a journey that every single Ghanaian is looking forward to’’ the former National Service Scheme boss said.

‘’The campaign that you about to launch – he said I should bring his goodwill message and best wishes to you before you embark on this journey and that is why I am here to deliver that message. You can’t send the Army to the battle without ammunition – they will be defeated, so the campaign we are going to embark on, on the Government side we are going to ensure that everything is done so that you will have a very fruitful campaign.

‘’We know, we cherish each and every one of you, to have the opportunity of wearing the colors of the Black Stars is a pride and we know that the caliber of people sitting in this room – going to represent us both in the World Cup qualifiers and the AFCON, we have no doubt at all that we going to perform and deliver and lift the flag of Ghana very high.

‘’Anytime the Black Stars qualifies and participates in the World Cup the whole continent looks up to Ghana. You can talk of what happened in Germany and South Africa so we have a rich history when it comes to the World Cup.

‘’What you have done in the past have left a big hole for you come and fill and I have no doubt you are going to deliver.

‘’So I am here to deliver a short message and the message to assure you that we totally cherish you. Whatever that Government is going to do to ensure that this campaign becomes successful’’ Mustapha Ussif added.

Ghana will take on Ethiopia on September 3 in Cape Coast before traveling to South Africa to face the Bafana Bafana on September 6 in Johannesburg.

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