President of the Free Africa Foundation (FAF), Prof. George Ayittey has urged African nations to use sports to unite and heal wounds.
Professor Ayittey says Africa is no more the dark continent but a beacon of light which must guide and inspire others to progress and develop.
In a message signed by G.B.K. Owusu, Local Coordinator of the Free Africa Foundation (FAF), a non-governmental organization, Prof. Ayittey said the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations which bring African footballers together to showcase their prowess and capabilities in soccer is meant to unite and build bridges of friendship.
He said Africa can shame her enemies by uniting to harness the immense resources that God has given her.
He exhorted the competing nations to display friendship, high standard of sportsmanship, love, respect and decency throughout the three weeks tournament.
“These are virtues that make a true sportsman and woman”, he said.
The president of FAF stated that whoever emerges winner is a victory for Africa and should be congratulated and supported to lift Africa to the world cup.
He was hopeful that after the tournament, the war drums being beaten in Darfur, Somalia, DR Congo, Cote d'Ivoire and other places would end.