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03.06.2004 Football News

Guinness Motivates Black Stars

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Accra, June 3, GNA - Guinness Ghana Limited has presented a cheque for 100 million cedis to the senior national team, the Black Stars as the team fine tunes for the "battle of Ouagadougou" on Saturday against the Stallions of Burkina Faso in a 2006 World Cup qualifier.

The company has also promised the Stars' an extra 100 million cedis should they win the tricky duel in the Burkinabe capital on Saturday evening.

This is the second presentation by Guinness to the Black Stars in less than a year; the first was made in November last year prior to the Ghana-Somalia preliminary game at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Mr Francis Vorgbe, Marketing Director of the company who presented the cheque to skipper Stephen Appiah after Thursday's morning training session, charged the team to 'electrify' the country with a sterling performance, which should be capped with victory.

He said it was necessary that the Stars redefined their winning ways and to give hope to the numerous Ghanaian soccer fans.

The Marketing Director reckoned though that Ghana's first two matches against Burkina and South Africa were tricky, but challenged them to play above themselves to secure the maximum points likely to determine the fate of the nation.

Oheneba Charles, a former management member of the Black Stars told the players that no player could be deemed to have "arrived" unless he had played at the World Cup.

He said it was sad that Ghana has produced lots of talented footballers but none of them has featured at the World Cup. Oheneba Charles subsequently charged them to assert themselves and prove to the world that Ghana has "arrived".

Skipper Appiah predicted a massive win for the nation. Guinness Ghana Limited has been associated with the Black Stars for eight years.

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