The Minister of Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has urged Ghanaians to rally behind the Black Stars when they face Uganda in the World Cup qualifiers.
The senior national team will on Friday, at the Tamale Sports Stadium take on the Cranes of Uganda in the opening game of Group D for a slot in the 2018 World Cup to be staged in Russia.
The minister who in the past has been seen as not supporting the team because of his usual criticisms of the financial burdens on the country’s economy any time they play says it’s prudent every Ghanaian support the team to win.
“I’m going to the lead for this match, I’m going to take the lead to Tamale, I’m going to go round to the radio and television stations and do a lot of work with the players themselves, visit the Dakpeman, the Mosques to sensitize the Tamale Public so that we break the attendance myth that is affecting the national team so we can have maximum attendance for this game against Uganda”.
The minister in an interview with Joy Sports has opted to be the cheer leader in the game on Friday, “I want us to start this match against Uganda with a good victory, I’m very optimistic, if we win this match, it will be a great impetus for the rest of the matches, our players need that the good step in this journey is very paramount and important, we have to win massively and I will be there to be the cheer leader in this match”.
The team will be in Tamale on Tuesday evening as they continue the preparations for the game with the Cranes.
Egypt and Congo are the other opponents in Group D.