Ghana is ready to host CAF competitions — Prez Akufo-Addo

BY: Peter Sarbah
President Akufo-Addo (middle) receiving an award at the 2017 CAF awards in Accra
President Akufo-Addo (middle) receiving an award at the 2017 CAF awards in Accra

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) that Ghana will welcome an opportunity to host any future CAF football competition.

Speaking at the 26th annual CAF Awards ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre last Thursday, the President said the country was ready to accept any challenge thrown at her to host competitions of the continent’s football governing body.

“To CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, I want to reassure you of Ghana’s preparedness and readiness to host future events and tournaments of CAF,” the President noted.

He also reminded the CAF boss of Ghana’s successful hosting of the WAFU competition last year and the upcoming Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in November this year and said “Ghana stands ready to answer the call of CAF at any time”.

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The President also disclosed plans by the government to hone talents across the country, saying his government was in partnership with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to construct a number of football pitches across the country to revive colts’ football.

He also paid tribute to the President-elect of the Republic of Liberia, George Weah, for his transition from football to politics, saying the football world was proud of him because “his story easily relates to one of perseverance, fortitude and determination.”

President Akufo-Addo challenged young footballers to emulate these virtues of the Liberia President-elect as they can also make an impact on society after their lives on the pitch.