The Ghana FA has expressed gratitude to the country’s President John Dramani Mahama and Asantehene for the influential roles they played in Ghana’s win over Zambia that secured them a place in the World Cup qualifying playoffs.
GFA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi also expressed his gratitude to the country’s sports minister and his deputy as well as sponsors of the team and Ghanaians for the massive support they gave that secured the 2-1 win over the Chipolopolo on Friday.
Apaprt making sure government provided all the funding needed to support the Black Stars, President Mahama also sent his Chief of Staff Prosper Bani to meet the players and encourage them before the match.
Sports minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and his deputy Joseph Yamin were all instrumental in helping the side to victory with constant support for the needs of the Black Stars.
The Asante monarch Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II, spent time with the team and inspired them to record victory over Zambia to seal their place in the final stages of the qualifiers.
Local fans swarmed the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi and filled it to its fullest capacity and the GFA President feels indebted to the Asantehene for his influential role which created the impact for Ghana.
“I would like to congratulate the technical team, the management team and the laying body for a good job done in spite of all the difficulties that confronted us, in spite of the provocation from the Zambians, in spite of the all the setbacks in terms of injury to some of our key players, we still surmounted the task ahead,” Nyantakyi said after the match.
“Let me also thank Ghanaians for the wonderful support extended the team. We were impressed by the turnout. The support, during and after the game.
“I would also like to thank the monarch of Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for the inspirational visit he gave the team. The media also supported the team. We really recognize and appreciate that very much. The sponsors also did very well.
“Let me also extend a special thank you, a special gratitude to the government of Ghana, Minister for Youth and Sports Minister, the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports and other high ranking Government officials and the Government of Ghana as a corporate entity for providing all the needs and logistics, the financial support that needed to motivate the team.”
The CAF Executive Committee Member also had praise for the local media as well as the home fans.
“ The media also supported the team very well and we need to thank them. There were various media campaigns and some media houses even supporters to come and watch the game,” the GFA boss added.
Russian-based Abdul Majeed Waris scored first for Ghana in the 20th minute before Kwadwo Asamoah claimed the match winner for Ghana with a 61st minute strike from 25 yards, Nathan Sinkala halved the scoring for the Chipolopolos.
Ghana will play a two-legged final game before reaching the finals in Brazil.