Accra, Jan. 30, GNA – The Minister of Youth and Sports, Clement Kofi Humado has congratulated the national football team, the Black Stars for winning their match against Mali and for their positive exploits at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON 2012) co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

In a congratulatory message to the playing body and technical bench of the Stars copied to GNA Sports on Monday, Mr Humado on behalf of the Government and the people said that the spirited performance of the Stars against their Malian counterparts have made Ghanaians proud and therefore urged them to put such sterling performance against Guinea to consolidate their victory at the Group level.

“I must commend the Black Stars, the technical and management teams for their wonderful performance against Mali, which has put the team at pole position to qualify for the next stage of the competition”.

“Considering the high morale in camp when I visited the team, I am more than convinced that the Black Stars will sustain the momentum and make every Ghanaian proud by qualifying for the quarter finals and ultimately come home with the trophy that Ghanaians have all  been anxiously waiting for”, the Minister added.

Mr Humado also congratulated the senior national female team, the Black Queens for the emphatic win over their Malian counterparts at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

“This is a sweet victory for the Black Queens and the good people of Ghana and I hope the Queens will not take their foot off the pedal when they come up against Cameroon in the last qualifier match for the African Women Championship”.

The Queens trounced their Malian counterparts 5-0.

Mr Humado said that it has been a good weekend for Ghana football, considering the victories for the two national teams over both the senior male and female teams of Mali this week-end.

The Minister appealed to all the football loving Ghanaian public to continue to pray for the national football teams, particularly the Black Stars in their quest to annex their fifth Africa Cup of Nations trophy.



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