Ghana President John Mahama has told the Black Stars to take every single game at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as a final.
This message was delivered to the team in Port Elizabeth by the President’s Chief of Staff Prosper Bani at the end of the team’s final training session ahead of their opening game against DR Congo.
The Black Stars are expected to pick their first three points of the competition being staged in South Africa when they face the Leopards in the Group B opener on Sunday.
Ghana is looking to win its fifth African title – the first in 31-years at this tournament and the President says for this to be achieved, there should be no complacency.
“The captain, the coach and all the technical team present, I bring you good wishes from His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama,” the Chief of Staff told the team in the locker room after Saturday evening’s training session.
“He has asked me to let you know that he is passionately following every activity of the Black Stars and he will continue to follow the games at each stage as you continue to win your matches.
“The President would like to advice you to consider tomorrow’s game as the final and each consequent match as the final until you win the trophy and bring it home.”
Ghana will be facing a DR Congo side led by Frenchman Claude Leroy swho guided the Black Stars to a third place finish on home soil in 2008.