Former Nigerian super star, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has tasked the Black Stars to salvage their image by winning the upcoming AFCON in Gabon next month.
Okocha, who arrived in Ghana on Sunday as the Bundesliga Ambassador for StarTimes and has since engaged in activities to promote the German league, said it should be a must for the Black Stars to win the upcoming AFCON.
The Black Stars will attempt to win the AFCON trophy for the first time in over 33 years when they join 15 other countries at the bi-annual tournament.
According to Okocha, the team has to get it right this time and not falter.
“This AFCON is an opportunity for the Black Stars to put the smiles back on the faces of Ghanaians. The team is currently struggling but the 2017 AFCON presents them the best opportunity to salvage their image.”
He continued: “I personally would be supporting Ghana and they should know that Ghanaians and for that matter myself would expect a lot from them at the tournament and I hope they would meet our expectations.”
He commended StarTimes telecast of the Bundesliga to Ghanaians and Africa as a whole.
He praised the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for signing the pact with StarsTimes, stating that it is a great platform for the GFA to market its product.
He urged the GFA to leverage on the platform offered by StarTimes by being creative enough to get more endorsement from the corporate world, adding that the image right should be one thing they should focus on to get the very best out from their association with StarTimes.
Tobias Ross, Manager, International Marketing, noted that there is a special relationship between Ghana and the German Bundesliga, as it has had some influential Ghanaian players playing in the league both in times past and present.
The likes of Anthony Yeboah, Anthony Baffoe, Samuel Kuffour, Abedi Pele, C.K Akunnor, Gerald Asamoah and recently players like the Boateng brothers (Jereome and Kevin), Baba Rahman and Daniel Opare have brought some more excitement to the league with their display of true African soccer skills.
On his part, Mr. Ernest Quaye Arday, Director at StarTimes was particularly happy about the deal with the GFA to develop football while bringing the local league into the homes of millions wherever they are.
By Raymond Ackumey & Michael D. Abayateye