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President Akufo Addo holds farewell dinner with Black Stars ahead of 2023 AFCON


H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic, has conveyed his best wishes to the Black Stars ahead of the 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote D’Ivoire in 2023.

The first gentleman of the nation gathered players and the technical team for a goodbye supper Tuesday night at the team’s camp in Kumasi before our departure for Abidjan on Wednesday.


President Akufo-Addo was joined by Youth and Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif (Hon. ), Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Mensah (Hon. ), and Ghana Tourism Authority Board Chairman Hon. Seth Adjei Baah.

Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and Vice President Mark Addo were on hand to greet President of the Republic H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to the farewell dinner.

Others in attendance were international businessman and entrepreneur Kwame Ofosu Bamfo, who also serves on the Black Stars’ temporary Management Committee, and Akwasi Agyemang, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority and a member of the Management Committee.

His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was represented by Nana Kusi Agyekum Ababio, Oyokohene of Kumasi.

Guido Sopiimeh Ag. Chief Commercial Officer, Adwoa Wiafe, Chief Corporate Services and Sustainability Officer Executive, Simon Amoh, Senior Manager Sales and Distribution, Charity Darko, Corporate Communications Officer, and Akosua Mansah Klutse, Regional Marketing Officer were also present.

People from the corporate sector and the entertainment scene attended the colorful occasion.

Stonebwoy, an Afropop and Dancehall musician, delighted visitors, players, and coaches with some wonderful renditions while Afua Asantewaa Aduonum of Sing-a-thon fame sang the national anthem to usher in the President.

President Akufo-Addo challenged the players to trust in themselves and approach the tournament with a can-do attitude, stating that it is feasible to fulfill Ghana’s long-held ambition of bringing home an AFCON trophy, which has evaded the country for more than four decades.

The Black Stars completed their pre-tournament training in Kumasi on Monday night with a goalless draw against Namibia.

Ghana has been assigned to Group B, which includes Cape Verde, Egypt, and Mozambique.

Chris Hughton’s team will play Cape Verde in their first game before facing Egypt and Mozambique in the remaining group games.



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