By Patrick Akoto
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has tasked the Black Stars to edge past Egypt in Tuesday’s crucial 2014 World Cup playoffs first leg tie in Kumasi.
The Ghanaian leader paid a surprise visit to the team’s training ground at the Accra sports stadium on Wednesday to motivate the players ahead of what he termed as the ‘most important’ game at the Baba Yara stadium.
“We have come a very long way to this point. All the matches we’ve played have finally come down to one match.
“And that match is the last hurdle we have to cross to be in Brazil. So this match is more important than all the matches we’ve played.
“So let’s focus on this match, Egypt and let’s defeat them.
“I took time off to see you. I am the chief supporter of your team, the leader of this country and to tell you that the whole country is solidly behind you.
“Whatever we will do, is to support you to win this match. We will do our bit but all of us cant go on the pitch so those who are going to represent us can expect nothing but our support.
“I want to thank you very much, I wish you good luck. We count on you, we will pray for you, we know God is on our side. We will pray to the almighty God to give you victory.”
The Black Stars will travel to Kumasi- venue for the match later on Wednesday to continue preparations for the must-win game in the Garden City.
Coach Kwesi Appiah trained with his full squad for the first time and will be expected to move the exercise into serious gear in Kumasi.
Ghana are chasing a third successive appearance at the soccer mundial after playing at the 2006 and 2010 finals in Germany and South Africa respectively.
They must however negotiate that qualification at the expense of record African champions Egypt whose last appearance was in 1990.