Monday, 23 January 2012 10:35
Ghana's Vice-President, John Dramani Mahama is tasking the Black Stars to honour the nation by winning the African title for the fifth time.
The Vice President visited the Ghana camp to meet with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and also members of the Black Stars team and staff in Gabon.
He cautioned the players against any form of complacency and rather urged them to improve on their runners-up placing in the last competition.
“Every country came to this tournament on merit so you should avoid complacency and listen to your technical team. You have our support and we will do our best for you to bring us the trophy,” the Vice-President told the team.
"In Ghana, we don't think that motivation is just monetary or cash. We think that motivation goes beyond just money. We have bonuses that our players know about, if they win every team. It's not in the order of a million dollars but I think it's handsome enough," the Vice-President said.
Receiving him, the GFA President, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi said the entire delegation in Franceville was grateful for the visit and the message delivered by H.E. Mahama on behalf of the government and the people of Ghana.
Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi said: "All the players and management in Gabon are working so hard to make this a successful year for Ghana football. We appreciate the support from government and the people of Ghana to win the title.
"Morale in the team is high, winning the African Cup of Nations would be a huge boost to the whole country who are all behind us." He noted.
Black Stars captain, John Mensah said, "It was a great honour to host the Vice-President, John Mahama. His visit spurs us on and gives us a boost that the entire country is behind us. We all really appreciate the message of support."
Ghana opens their African Cup of Nations campaign on Tuesday in Group D against Botswana at the Stade de Franceville.
Source: ISD (Larry George Botchway)