30.06.2006 Football News

Ghana Welcomes Her National Team In Grand Style

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The Ministry of Information and National Orientation in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports will tomorrow, June 30th organise a grand welcoming party for the Senior National Team, the Black Stars, when they arrive from the World Cup in Germany in recognition of their performance.

A statement signed for Mr Kwamena Bertels, Minister for Information and National Orientation, said the welcoming party would include Ministers of State and high ranking government officials.

The statement said after traditional and Christian prayers for their safe arrival and splendid performance at the World Cup, the players would be decorated with floral garlands and would be driven through some principal streets of Accra before finally converging at the Independence Square. The Stars are expected to arrive at 1830 hours.

It said after the welcoming formalities, an all night musical show, which will include various dance bands under the Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), would perform for free of charge.

The statement said specially designated Metro Mass Transport buses draped in national colours would convey soccer fans from vantage points in Accra to the Airport and the Independence Square.

It said the reception was part of a programme to show the government's appreciation for the heroic exploits of the Stars at their maiden World Cup appearance.

The Stars were the only African representative to make it to the second round of the on-going World Cup in Germany and in the process won the admiration of the soccer world for their brilliant showing.

The Stars won two of their three group matches defeating FIFA number two ranked country, Czech Republic and the United States of America before bowing out to number one ranked team and defending World Cup champions Brazil at the one sixteenth stage.

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