Presidential candidate Alan Kyerematen, leading the Movement for Change, has declared his belief that Ghana is capable of winning the World Cup.
This ambitious vision is contingent on a radical transformation of the sports landscape in the country, a pledge he vows to fulfill if elected as president in the upcoming 2024 elections.
Alan Kyerematen, a former trade minister who parted ways with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to establish his movement, emphasised the need for a significant shift in governance, extending the call for reform to the realm of sports.
“I’ve stated it repeatedly: we need a significant shift or transformation in our governance, including sports,” he told Kumasi-based Akoma FM.
“When the great transformation begins in sports, believe me, Ghana can win the World Cup,” Kyerematen affirmed, expressing his unwavering confidence in the potential of Ghanaian athletes.
His resolute stance aims to rejuvenate national morale, particularly in the wake of the Black Stars’ premature exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast. They failed to secure a single victory and bowed out in the group stage for the second consecutive tournament.
The candidate’s rallying cry centers around ‘The Great Transformation Plan (GTP),’ a comprehensive strategy he believes will not only uplift the spirits of Ghanaians but also propel the country to new heights in various aspects, including sports.
This declaration also comes on the heels of the national team’s disappointment in the 2022 World Cup. Like the AFCON, the Black Stars were unable to advance to the next stage
As the 2024 elections draw near, Kyerematen’s “Great Transformation Plan” could be a decisive factor for voters, offering a compelling vision for the future of Ghana’s sports and national pride.
By Frank Appiah