Members of Parliament (MPs) have thrown their support behind the senior national team, the Black Stars, ahead of their crucial encounter against Nigeria.
The Stars will welcome the Super Eagles in Kumasi for the first match of a two-legged tie in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier playoffs on Friday.
On the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, a statement was made in support of the men’s national team by the Member of Parliament (MP) for New Edubiase, Abdul Salam Adams.
There were further contributions from the deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who urged his colleague MPs to forgo their political affiliations and band together behind the Black Stars to book a place in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
“We all love the Black Stars. We want to see them succeed, but we often get disappointed. We, the politicians, in our commentary, sometimes make it partisan. This is about football; it’s not an NDC, NPP matter. Let us wish them well,” he said.
Another contribution was from Talensi MP, Benson Tongo Baba, who was optimistic about Ghana’s chances of beating Nigeria, citing the statistics of the game and called for massive support by Ghanaians, including his colleagues in parliament.
“If we go on statistics, Ghana stands tall over Nigeria. I believe that riding on this; we should all come together to support the Black Stars. This House also has a responsibility apart from probing what went wrong,” he said.
“We should take the initiative and send a special message to the Black Stars as representatives to the people so that they will be aware that all of us, as one body, fully support them to emerge victorious,” the Talensi MP noted.
Ghana takes on Nigeria in the first leg in Kumasi on Friday before travelling to Abuja for the second leg on Tuesday for a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The first leg fixture is scheduled to kick off at 19:30GMT and will be staged at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
The reverse leg will be at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, on Tuesday, March 29, from 18:00 GMT.
The tie winner will book a place at the Mundial in Qatar later this year.