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Parliament sends message to Black Stars

BY: Abigail Bonsu

Members of Parliament have congratulated the National Soccer Team, the Black Stars for qualification to the quarter finals of the ongoing African Cup Tournament and urged them to go all out and win the cup.

They were contributing to a statement made on the floor of the House by the Member of Parliament for Atwima-Mponua, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah to congratulate the team on their feat in the tournament so far.

In his statement the MP urged the playing body to hold their heads high as they represent themselves, their managers and the country at large.

"I know that this moment of great joy will move the team to cross the hurdle of of semi finals and press on to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the cup".

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He stated that Ghanaians were tired of being called four times champions and their hope and aspiration now was for the Black Stars to win the cup for the fifth time.

Mr Asiamah said it was very remarkable to note the present tournament was witnessing an outstanding display of quality skills and talents from all participating countries.

He said Ghana's team which had a number of debutants had proven how talented they were and demonstrated their outstanding poise and resilience on the field of play.

Mr Asiamah commended the technical team and the Ghana Football Association for their unflinching support to the payers.

"The technical manager has proven that with support and encouragement, our local managers could be a force to reckon with. I would like to give thumps up to the wonderful and ever increasing supporters, who stand on their feet and tirelessly motivate the team by cheering them throughout the duration of their games".

Contributing to the statement, MP for Anlo, Mr Clement Kofi Humado, described soccer as "the passion of the nation" and congratulated the team for the success chalkdd so far.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the team to go all the way to the final.

Mr Humado, who until the last general elections was the Minister of Sports, urged the team not to rest on its oars but to continue to work hard to win the ultimate prize.

He expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the various supporters unions for their support and urged them to continué in that endeavour.

The MP for Tano North, Ms Freda Akosua Prempeh, said when the Black Stars played a drawn game witb their Congolese counterparts, the entire nation sat on thorns but the victory over Mali and Niger had restored hope in the team.

She said "the battle is still the Lord's" and appealed to the players to fight to the very end.

She expressed confidence in the ability to to beat Cape Verde in the next match and proceed to the semi- finals.

The member for Tano South, Ms Hannah Louis Bissiw, lauded tbe government for its support for the Black Stars, saying it was that support that had brought them that far.

Member of Parliament for Berekum East, Dr Kwabena Twum-Nuamah, was particularly glad that the coach of tbe team was a Ghanaian and said that development was a pointer to the fact that " a black man was capable of managing the Black Stars."

He drew the attention of the House to the fact that on the four occasions that the nation had won the cup, the team was in the hands of  a local coach.

The member for Nanton, Mr Ibrahim Murtala,  said Ghana's victory on Tuesday was against a team ranked very low.

He said in eleven meetings between the two nations, Ghana had been victorious in 10 and drawn one.

He reminded Ghanaians that in a game of football, one either won, lost or drew and added that in the event of a loss, Ghanaians should not  begin to call for the dismissal of the coach as had happened in the past.

The member for Nsawam Adoagyiri, Mr Frank Annoh- Dompreh, called for a conscious effort towards sports development as the nation celebrates the victory of the Black Stars over their Nigerienne counterparts.

The member for Tema East, Mr Daniel Nii Kwatei-Titus Glover, said the Black stars victory was as a result of tactical discipline, motivation and emotional soundness, and added that with those factors, the sky was the limit for the team.

He, however, cautioned against complacency and called for focus.

The member for New Nuaben South, Dr Mark Asibey-Yeboah, called for support for the captain of tbe team, Asamoah Gyan, eveny when he commits blunders and not criticism.

Story by Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah & Mark-Anthony Vinorkor