‘Be Proud Of The Black Stars’

Black StarsDespite the abysmal performance of the senior national football team at the on-going FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Emirates Ghana Country Manager, Hendrik Du Preez, believes the Black Stars made the nation proud with their beautiful display of Ghanaian football.

Mr. Du Preez, in an interview with Times Sports after the Black Stars’ 2-1 defeat to Portugal at a viewing party organized by the Emirates in Accra last Thursday, said although the Stars are out of the tournament, the team took the excitement in the World Cup an inch further with their beautiful football.

The Black Stars failed to move beyond the group stage of the tournament after recording two defeats and a draw with the United States, Portugal and Germany respectively in group G.

Many Ghanaian soccer fans have criticized the team, the technical handlers, as well as their managers for the poor preparation ahead of the tournament.

The Black Stars, on their World Cup debut, reached the round of 16 and qualified for the quarter final in the second attempt but could not survive the “group of death” in the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

According to the Country Manager of Emirates, the team played very well at the group stage and even managed to secure a draw with the German national team which beat the two other teams in the group.

He said although the players were relatively young, the team had the potential to succeed in future tournaments and urged Ghanaians to be proud that the country participated in the tournament and attracted the world’s attention to their beautiful football.

Mr. Du Preez said the Emirates was one of the main partners of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil because the airline company recognized that the beautiful game of football and sports in general excited the passion of nations.

“Emirates has been one of the main partners of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. We are the first airline to be an official partner of the FIFA World Cup, sponsoring 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa,” he said.

He said the company also sponsored all FIFA events worldwide, including FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, among others.

“Emirates also supports sports disciplines such as Tennis, Golf Cricket, Horse Racing, Australian Rules Football Rugby, Sailing and Formula One,” he said, adding, “we assure you of our continued commitment to creating new standards and experiences through innovation in products and services”.   By Yaw Kyei

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