President Akufo-Addo has advised Ghanaians against attacking the Black Stars on social media platforms during the ongoing Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations. 

According to the President, he is aware citizens may have the best approach for the senior national team to win the cup.

However, urged all to come together and have confidence in the technical and management team to make the best decisions to ensure the Milovan Rajevac-led team breaks the 40 trophyless years since the country won its fourth trophy in 1982.

In a goodwill message to the Black Stars and Ghanaians, the President said: “To you, my fellow Ghanaians, now more than ever, is the time to throw our unwavering support behind the team.

Yes, I am aware there are 30 million coaches in Ghana. However, in this age of social media, we cannot allow any form of pessimism, especially in our comments, towards the team. We cannot directly or indirectly afford to break their morale.

In the highs or lows, in good or bad times, we must show the team that we are Ghanaians, and we look out for each other no matter what.”

The President said should Ghanaians support the team because this “can make the Black Stars a force to reckon with once again on the continent and world football beginning with this tournament.”

Today, the Black Stars will face Morocco at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde to commence its quest for a fifth trophy.

In view of this, the President has urged the players to beat all odds and challenges they will encounter during the tournament.

According to him, he has total confidence in the team to deliver despite the pressure they may face.

“The target for you, naturally, is to bring the cup home. We have to go a step further than the second places we recorded in 1992, 2010 and 2015 and bring the forty years drought to an end. The task may be daunting, but it is certainly not insurmountable. I believe that in the current crop of players, we have the talent to match any of the best teams on the continent.

“We can do it. I know we can do it. May God bless the Black Stars and us all, and may God bless our homeland Ghana and make her great and strong. I pray we and the Black Stars have a great tournament,” he said.

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