26 players of the Black Stars and both the technical team members and officials of the GFA were at the Manhyia Palace to seek the blessings of the Asantehene ahead of Sunday AFCON 2019 Qualifier match against Ethiopia.
The Manhyia Palace was packed as the Black Stars paid a courtesy call on Otumfuo Osei Tutu II ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Ethiopia.
In his speech, the Asantehene, advised the team not to play for money but rather as dedicated citizens of Ghana.
” Ghanaians got angry with you because they saw you as playing for money other than the Nation, but please understand Ghana is not a rich country and we cannot pay you as such” .Otumfour said.
He went on to explain thus I am very sure there will be spies all over the stadium who have been sent to watch you and so your performance will earn you the chance to play in the bigger clubs in Europe”.
“Remember that it is your own profession and life if you decide to play for money and then decide not to play your hearts out for the Nation when the money is not given, you tend to destroy your career. Opiemso Osei Tutu continued”.
He later also told government officials to do well and honour their promise when they talk to the ‘boys’ about money. “It is not fair to promise them in order to motivate them and then you fail at the end, it demoralizes them and kills their sense of patriotism” Otumfour continued.
The delegation to the Manhyia Palace was led by the Hon deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pious Enam Hadzide. Some of the officials of the Ghana Football Association who accompanied the team were Kwesi Nyantakyi, the President of the association, Osei Kweku Palmer, the vice chairman of the Black Stars management committee, Jones Abu, Alhassan, GFA member, Linear Addy a member of the Executive Committee of the GFA and Sanni Daara the Sports Person of the association.
The playing body was led by skippr Asamoah Gyan, while the medical team was also present.
Kwesi Nyantakyi did the introduction of the team and the GFA officials to the Asantehene one after the other.
Asamoah Gyan assured His Royal Majesty that they will make him proud by winning handsomely on Sunday.
The deputy Youth and Sports Minister thanked Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for his advice all this while and also introduced the new Black Stars coach to him.