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Government desires new role for sports

President Kufuor has announced the intention of Government to position sports as the embodiment of the spirit of a new Ghana.

He said it would enhance the sense of integration, peace and development and to this end, Government was committed to sustaining the huge gains made at the 2006 Soccer World Cup tournament as well as propelling the nation’s sports to new heights.

“In this regard, the country is gearing up for the hosting of the continent’s biggest football fiesta. The construction of two new stadia at Sekondi and Tamale is on schedule and the rehabilitation of the Accra and Kumasi stadia is also progressing steadily. Arrangements for funding to support the construction of the Cape Coast stadium are being finalized and construction is expected to commence in the course of this year.”

He said the senior national team, the Black Stars would be given the needed motivation and encouragement to prepare adequately for the CAN 2008.

President Kufuor alluded to the Black Stars 4:1 spanking of the Super Eagles of Nigeria (as the House giggled) and Ghana’s impressive showing at last year’s World Cup tournament and said those achievements portend well for the nation’s participation in CAN 2008 and the World Cup later in South Africa.