FIFA praises Ghana soccer

By Ebo Quansah

FIFA says football in Ghana is a shining example for Africa and the rest of the world, and deserves the cooperation of the government to make it even more effective.

“The GFA has been achieving outstanding results during the past few years on the continental and world football scenes, both for its A team, as well as for its youth teams. This is a testimony of the great work the GFA has been carrying out in favour of football development,” said Jorome Valcke, chief scribe of the world governing body on the game.

“Ghana is a shinning example for Africa and for the world in this aspect. It would be a real pity if these efforts were thwarted from the government. For this reason, we would like to encourage you to establish a good working relationship with your government, in order to restore optimal conditions for football development.”

The Black Stars were a penalty kick away from becoming the first African national team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in South Africa 2010. The Under 20 national team, the Black Satellites is currently World Champions at the Under 20 level.

In 1991, Ghana won the Under 17 World Cup in Italy and clinched the title once more in the 1995 championship in Ecuador.

In 2001, Ghana was runner-up to Argentina in the Under 20 World Cup in Argentina.

In 1992, Ghana became the first African nation to win a medal in Olympic football, by grabbing the bronze medal in the Barcelona Olympics.

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