“YOU have more years to play as a team and would surely win laurels for the country. There are better days ahead, and those are the days we should be looking at,” were the soothing words of the Vice President, as he welcomed the players of the senior national team, the Black Stars, back home.

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur was among the enthusiastic fans who thronged the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, to give the Stars a rousing welcome, on their return from AFCON 2015.

It was intense joy, as the Equatorial Guinea Boeing 7373 Ceiba flight carrying the Stars, touched down at exactly 3. 10 pm.

Indeed, every Ghanaian would agree that the Black Stars were on top of their game in their epic encounter with the Elephants of La Cote d’Ivoire, last Sunday.

They played their hearts out and fought well, but were just unlucky not to win.

They were disciplined, committed and dedicated to the national cause, and tried to die for their motherland.

Coach Avram Grant also deserves a lot of praise for guiding the team to the final stage of the competition.

This is the team which was not given a dog’s chance by most Ghanaians, considering what transpired at the last FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and the bizarre circumstances under which it exited.

But the team proved the skeptics wrong, with their sterling and classic performances, match after match, and rekindled the spirits of Ghanaian soccer fans, who consequently threw in their support for the players.

Surely, the players did what was expected of them, but for sheer luck, they would have won the cup, which has eluded the nation for the past 33 years.

As the Coach rightly said, “This is a team for the future; Ghana has got a base for a very good Black Stars in the not too-distant future, which will be ready to achieve any target set for them.”

The Times cannot agree more with Coach Avram Grant’s observations, in view of the skilful and disciplined manner the team handled itself in the just-ended tournament.

Considering the youthful state of the players, we suggest that they be maintained and given all the necessary brush up, to enable them to give of their best in future tournaments.

The Times and all Ghanaians, salute the Black Stars for their gallant performance at the AFCON 2015.

We say, “Ayekoo.”

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