08.09.2006 Football News

Ghana Launches CAN 2008

By Daily Graphic
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The strong presence of the President of the Republic, H. E. John Agyekum Kufuor and the President of CAF, Issa Hayatou, at tonight's unprecedented CAN 2008 global launch at the International Conference Centre will be enough to whet the appetite of even the uninitiated for the upcoming event.

As a fitting prelude to the continent's foremost soccer tournament, President Kufuor and Issa Hayatou will lead a host of dignitaries from across the globe to grace this huge ceremony which is the first to be held in the history of the African Nations Cup.

In a chat with the Daily Graphic yesterday, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Dr Kofi Amoah, stated that the launch was a great opportunity for Ghana to announce its readiness to host a unique Nations Cup in 2008.

He revealed that the LOC saw the launch as an innovative idea which other countries could emulate to mirror the competition to the rest of the world.

According to him, the LOC is excited about preparations for the event, which he believes would create the necessary awareness and also open new doors towards a successful hosting of CAN 2008.

He said the former French star, Marcel Desailly, who is among a number of soccer luminaries invited to grace the occasion, had already arrived for the programme, while Camerounian legend, Roger Milla, was due to fly in last night.

The two will be joined by other former stars including Abedi Ayew Pele and Anthony Yeboah, CAF Vice President, Gen. Seyi Memene, CAF General Secretary, Mustapha Fahmy and many others.

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