I welcome all the players, officials, the media, football fans and the numerous distinguished personalities who are visiting Ghana on the occasion of the 26th MTN Africa Cup of Nations and wish them a memorable experience throughout the period of their stay.
Ghana is delighted to be the destination for the continent's top football event, hence its determination to offer the best in terms of facilities for the tournament and a high display of the legendary Ghanaian hospitality to all.
Ghana 2008 presents yet another opportunity for the Black Stars to prove to the rest of the world their enviable performance capped by their recent impressive 2006 FIFA World Cup outing in Germany.
l have no doubt that they have what it takes to lift the trophy for the fifth time to do the nation proud.
President Kufuor also used the forum of the People's Assembly in Sekondi last Tuesday to comment on the Ghana 2008 tournament.
“I urge the whole nation, particularly the four host cities and regions, to receive the visitors that the tournament will attract in a manner that will let them want to come again. “I wish the national team, the Black Stars, well.”
John Agyekum Kufuor- President of the Republic of Ghana
Dr Kofi Amoah
I wish every Ghanaian would realise that we are about to make history and that this history-making epoch will mark a turning point in the fortunes of our nation.
The signals are clear, the stage is set, the opportunities are begging, history beckons and we have to achieve our goal.
Let us reconnect to that great aspiration which was 50 years ago but never materialised. Whereas our independence ushered in political freedom for the whole continent, the emerging economic fortunes of our nation, once consolidated, will usher in economic and social development.
For us, Ghana 2008 is not just about football, it is about infrastructural development, it is about energising our tourism industry and, most important, it is also about selling our nation while we enjoy global attention, through Ghana 2008, as an emerging market and prime investment destination.
Therefore, let us use this football tournament to establish a solid foundation for our continued leadership in Africa.
I wish our Black Stars well and I pray that we will all plant our feet solidly in our rich soil and look up into the Stars so that, together with the Stars, we will bring Ghana glory.
I wish our visitors a very happy and enjoyable stay in our peaceful country. I thank the President and every Ghanaian, especially my friends in the media, for supporting those of us at the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to serve our country through Ghana 2008.
LONG LIVE AFRICAN FOOTBALL
Chairman - Local Organising Committee