President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, has charged the Black Stars team to do their best and book qualification to the Qatar 2022 as the World Cup qualifiers begin on Friday.
Ghana, four-time African Champions will host the Walias of Ethiopia on Friday before they fly to South Africa for the matchday two of the qualifiers game against the Bafana Bafana on Monday.
Ahead of their trip to Cape Coast, the FA boss met the players and urged them to make sure Ghana returns to the global stage.
‘’I just have a few words to share. I think all of us here have been waiting this moment, a moment to correct our history, a moment to put out names in Gold, a moment to make our individual families and our good selves proud. It’s a moment I have been awaiting for as the leader of this family, because perhaps this is my very first time,” he said.
‘’And it’s a moment each one of you should be looking up to if you are a top player. If you are a top player you need to belong to the topmost platform in football. If any of you is not a top player, this is not the door, its means you don’t belong to this platform that confront us beginning on Friday.
‘’If you are a top player this is the time. If you call yourself a top player the World Cup is the biggest platform you can think about as a career – where all the big players assemble and show what they are made of. If you are a top coach this is the time to show. In the same vein, if you are a top manager this is the time to show.
‘’The preparations towards the games start from here. It’s so important that each one of us will keep our minds firmly focused on the end vision. The end vision is to qualify to the mundial and that is why we are all challenged to be part of that massive platform.
It won’t only take my effort, your effort or the effort of the Technical team to take us to the promise land – But our collective effort.
‘’That is why when you are selected on Friday, you have to go and play as a unit. It will not be easy but each one of us has the responsibility to encourage each other right from the blast of the whistle to make our dream real.
‘’Again it will not be easy but when we stay as a unit we will go through this battle. We believe we have enough quality – we believe we are the best and that believe must be translated into good results on Friday and on Monday in South Africa.
‘’The Government of Ghana has absolute believe in this squad. We are Ghana – we may not be the richest but we are rich on the pitch, we have talents and we have to show what we have. We are very happy that all of us have responded positively to this national course.
‘’As you leave here to Cape Coast, let us remember that team work wins and its only team work that will take us to the promise land. On behalf of the football family I wish each one of you the very best.”