President of Ghana FA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has called on fans in the country to support the Black Stars, ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Avram Grant’s men are seeking to win their first major title since 1982.
Ghana almost won it in 2015, but were defeated in a penalty shoot-out by Ivory Coast in the final.
The long wait for silverware has left many supporters unexcited, but Nyantakyi insists the interest is coming back.
“I did not get that impression that Ghanaians are still disappointed when I attended the team’s training sessions at the St. Thomas Aquinas Park. Well they were disappointed in 2014, 2015 or 2016 but I believe that Ghanaians have forgiven the team now,” he was quoted by the Ghana News Agency.
“The interest is now coming back. I can see a renewed interest from Ghanaians and that was demonstrated by the level of attendance at the training grounds and it shows that if the team does well, we will win back everybody, I can say convincingly that majority of Ghanaians will be back to support the Black Stars.
“I will want to appeal to my fellow Ghanaians to forgive the team for the mistakes of Brazil 2014 and rally behind the team as we head to Gabon for AFCON 2017. It is the expectation of every Ghanaian that we will win this trophy but that will not happen with a divided front.
“We all saw what happened in AFCON 2015, we were very close but unlucky. Now we have to work on the psychological build-up of the team, good preparation and motivation for the squad. We need to build a strong team to win the cup. That’s the wish of every Ghanaian.
“We need your support, we need the prayers of everyone regardless of where you come from, where you live or what you do. We need a united Ghana behind the team to win the Africa Cup of Nations.”