The players, technical and management teams of the Black Stars 'B' Team of Ghana, yesterday stormed the Flagstaff House to present the West African Football Union (WAFU) trophy they won at the expense of their arch rivals, the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Sunday, 23rd September, 2017 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
The grand finale, it would be recalled, was graced by His Excellency, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Leading the contingent of gallant football players were the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah and his deputy, Pius Enam Hadzide. Prominent amongst the delegation was the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, who also doubles as the President of the West African Football Union (WAFU).
Extolling the great reception accorded to the team while the tournament was on-going in Cape Coast and its environs, Mr. Asiamah said, the players agreed to play for the country without bonuses, and this, he stressed, is something that deserves commendation.
The President of the Ghana Football Association, before inviting the captain of the side, Isaac Twum to present the trophy to His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, expressed his gratitude and that of the entire management team of the association and the playing body to President Akufo-Addo, thanking him and his administration for providing the necessary incentives for the successful hosting of the tournament in the country, especially security. He introduced the team and the other members of the delegation.
Receiving the trophy, President Akufo-Addo couldn’t hide his elation at the feat achieved by the local Black Stars and had this to say
‘’A few days ago, before the result of your achievement, I was having an argument with somebody. He was telling me that Ghanaian football was on the decline, I said really? How? A country that produced James Agyei and Baba Yara, Osei Kofi, Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, Asamoah Gyan? Lo and behold, you have achieved this great feat’’
Promising to give the entire team a $100,000 for the manner in which they fought for the country, President Akufo-Addo urged them to bring home many successes in the years ahead. He also expressed his unflinching commitment to the team and the football association to ensure that Ghana’s enviable position which many believed had been toppled is restored.
Other key personalities of the delegation to the Flagstaff House were Mr. Eddie Doku, Kojo Yankah, Chief Bakah and Mr. Daniel Oduro who are all members of the management committee members of the GFA.