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The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku, met with the Minister of Youth and Sports for a meeting with former internationals on Wednesday 1st September.
The event, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sport at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, is part of a series of commitments by the Minister of Sport to familiarize himself with former national players and capitalize on their experiences.
The event was also a tribute to the legends for the sacrifices they made during their game days with the Black Stars as well as other national teams.
In his address to the former players, the GFA President emphasized how their role in the history of Ghanaian football had helped promote Ghana’s image around the world.
However, he noted the sacrifices the ex-national stars made to win laurels for the nation and represent Ghana in African competitions and on the world stage.
“You have made sacrifices from the days you ran long distances in your youth to the days you played in the national teams. In the end, Ghana became the ultimate beneficiary of your victims. “
“In the challenging times, when there was little or no motivation, you still sacrificed to represent Ghana. I remember the story of the flight to Gabon and I’m sure you all have stories to tell. These are the ultimate sacrifices you have all made for Ghana.
“Our mission here today is to say thank you. If we should have insulted any of you, we are sorry, ”said the GFA President.
The GFA President added that the football family values the sacrifices, efforts and contributions of retired footballers and legends of the game.
He also urged ex-players to share their experiences and contribute to the joint effort aimed at qualifying Ghana for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Minister of Youth and Sport Hon. Mustapha Ussif thanked the ex-national stars for participating in the event and thanked them for hoisting the flag of Ghana during their game days.
Hon Mustapha Ussif emphasized that the purpose of the meeting was to use the wealth of experience of the former football players and to seek advice on the development of Ghanaian football and the sports industry.
“As part of my commitment to interest groups since I took office as Minister of Youth and Sport, I called for this meeting to meet you, our legends, and to thank you for your patriotic service to our nation. This also serves to seek your guidance and support for the new generation who strive to emulate your golden path. “
“Ghana will forever be proud of you and when you are here today we would like to express the gratitude of the nation and HE to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. to express
“As a role model for today’s generation, I call on you to come on board and support us with your blessings and prayers,” repeated Hon Ussif.
The ex-players made various suggestions and gave words of encouragement to the GFA and the Ministry of Youth & Sport.
Among the former players who attended the event were Reverend Osei Kofi, Abedi Pele, Wilberforce Mfum, Stephen Appiah, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Augustine Arhinful, Tony Baffoe, Ibrahim Sunday, Ablade Kumah, Dan Owusu, Affoh Duodu, Sam Johnson, etc. .
Similar engagements will take place for former footballers in other parts of the country.