The former President said Africa and the world saw evidence of how competent the Stars were in the last African Cup of Nations tournament and the 2010 World Cup both of which were staged in South Africa.
He said he was certain they will impress, stating, “but for some unfortunate mistakes, we could have seen our victory” in those two tournaments.
President Rawlings said the Black Stars were among the best in the world as far as skill and stamina were concerned, but a heightened determination and the need to putting side self-preservation, will see their progress in the competition
The former President was addressing the team recently at the Kotoka International airport, before they left for the Netherlands.
“The World Cup is a symbol of great honour for the world and they should attach that level of respect and dedication in all their games as it is a window into the greatness of Ghana as the Black Star of Africa,” President Rawlings said.