The Vice President released a video with a message of hope and inspiration to the senior national team, calling for them to be brave and seek to emulate the deeds of their predecessors and make Ghana proud.
Dr Bawumia said the Black Stars have shocked the world before in previous World Cups and he is confident they can do so once again.
The Veep said: “The moment has come to take on the world. We have a group of talented players who have been selected and they cannot be intimidated by anyone. I want to urge the Black Stars to go on and play their hearts out for Mother Ghana. We can stand the world, we have done it before and we can do it again,”
Ghana kicks off her 2022 World Cup campaign at 1600 UTC on Thursday, November 24, playing against a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal team.
The Black Stars last met Portugal in the Group Stages of the 2014 World Cup, losing a hard-fought game by 2 goals to 1 after a late Cristiano Ronaldo goal following a stunning howler from goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.
That led to Ghana’s only elimination from the World Cup Group Stages, a fate the team would face once more if they contrive to lose to Portugal once again.
Dr. Bawumia called on the Stars to emulate not the faltering team of 2014 but the successful Stars of 2006 and 2010, who reached the World Cup Round of 16 and Quarter Finals, in Germany and South Africa respectively.
“They should go out and emulate the historic deeds of their predecessors. God bless you all, we can do it. Go Ghana go, Go Black Stars go” the Veep admonished.
A staunch football fan, Dr Bawumia made sure to display some footballing skills in the video which were nothing short of impressive.
The onus now lies on the Black Stars to display more impressive skills on the field of play, which they will need if they are to progress from a deadly group containing not only Portugal but South Korea, led by Tottenham Hotspurs forward Son Heung-min, as well as 2010 nemesis Uruguay, led by a certain Luis Suarez.