Argentina when Argentina had the best goalkeeper in the world at the time in the person of Pompidou. Mr. Speaker, Argentina as a team at the time was rated sixth. Senegal four years ago triumphed over France which was the defending champion at the time. France, the defending champion at that time, was rated third. Ghana has beaten the Czechs, rated second in the world, and triumphed over the USA, also rated fifth in the world.
Mr. Speaker, by yesterday's per-
formance one must acknowledge the nerve, the verve, the determination, the vigour, the dexterity, the commitment, the singleness of purpose and the unity of purpose displayed by the young men to impoverish the United States of America (USA). Mr. Speaker, the scene was really invigorating and infectious. One can only hope that this unity of purpose would from hence infect our partisan politics, our chieftaincy, our religious practices and indeed every facet of our social and national life.
Ms. Akua Sena Dansua (NDC -
North Dayi): Mr. Speaker, I also rise to add my voice to the Statement that has been made in congratulating the Black Stars.
Mr. Speaker, the Black Stars have really made us proud, particularly mothers in this country. They have glorified Ghanaian motherhood and they have shown that indeed they did not suck the breasts of their mothers for nothing. [Hear! Hear!] Mr. Speaker, I am informed that majority of the players were brought up by their mothers and this goes to show what mothers in this country can do.
Mr. Speaker, while celebrating the victory of the Black Stars, I think that the one major lesson for me -- and I believe all Ghanaians should learn from this -- is that of succession planning. Mr.
Speaker, yesterday we missed the services of big names like Samuel Kufuor, Sulley Muntari and Asamoah-Gyan. We indeed felt their unavoidable absence. And Mr. Speaker, when the hitherto unknown Haminu Dramani was brought in to offer his services, a lot of us complained; we thought that he did not have the experience and the capacity to play in the World Cup tournament. But he has shown to us that when we encourage underdogs, when we give the opportunity to people who have the potentials, they can deliver. I am saying this to emphasise the point that succession planning is crucial in every institution and human endeavour, whether in politics, sports or in business; and I think that we all should learn from this experience.
Mr. Speaker, I a l so no te the characteristically high level of patriotism, love and unity that all of us displayed since the beginning of the tournament, especially yesterday. And I think that we should use this opportunity to reconcile this nation. Reconciliation is very crucial for development and I think that all of us should come together. But in saying so, I think that the onus lies more on the Government of the day; this is an opportunity which the Government should not allow to pass by. We need reconciliation to bring Ghana back to the pedestal as far as the politics of the world is concerned.
So on this note, Mr. Speaker, I would like to also congratulate the Stars. I know that all mothers of Ghana are solidly behind them. We will pray that come next Wednesday, by this time we would all be back here in our white attire to celebrate the victory of the Stars over the Brazilians.
Mr. I. K. Asiamah (NPP - Atwima
Mponua): Mr. Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to add my voice to this congratulatory and urge-on message to the Stars.
Mr. Speaker, as history has it, Ghana continues to give hope to the rest of Africa. Indeed, some of us were in Germany and what we witnessed was really unbelievable. Any black person in Germany today is very proud of what Ghana is doing. The Black Stars are really making us proud all over the world. Mr. Speaker, the commitment, the determination, the zeal, the enthusiasm by the Black Stars at the camp is very wonderful and it is not surprising that they are performing so excellently.
Mr. Speaker, for some time past what we did not have at the Stars' camp was unity. Mr. Speaker, as we speak now, unity among the Black Stars is something that I am very proud of. They are very united, with a single purpose. Mr. Speaker, the Black Stars are really there to achieve an aim, and that is to make sure that Ghana is rated high among the football nations in the world.
Mr. Speaker, the whole of Africa is jubilating because for what we have presented, it is clear now that it is only Ghana that is holding the fort for Africa and of course, for everybody in the black race.
Mr. Speaker, there is something so unique about this particular team. The collaboration from our local coaches is so wonderful. The style of play today, I will consider it as the multi-system style of play. Sometime ago our local coach taught Ghanaians - Coach Addy taught Ghanaians one thing - multi-system and all-attacking football. The play is unique; it is all-attacking; everybody is seriously on the ball playing.
Mr. Speaker, for me, one thing is clear, that if Ghana wants to market itself well, we should use our respective national teams. If we want to market Ghana well and get the right investment, we should use our respective national teams. The kind of respect that we get out there from the Black Stars is very, very wonderful so we should really make sure that we use the Black Stars as a rallying point for attracting investment and for getting whatever opportunities we want to have.
Mr. Speaker, the role of the private sector in this whole thing is very commendable. The role of the private sector, right from the qualification stages as has been said earlier, has been very commendable. Mr. Speaker, it is very important to note that the Black Stars are playing well also because of the motivation we had from the word go. The motivation is so good that -- Mr. Speaker, sometimes it is not the best to talk about how much they are receiving but it is also important to point it out so that it would urge our younger generation to take up football.
Those of us who started playing football in those days, our parents thought it was a waste of time and would not bring about whatever we would achieve in the future. Mr. Speaker, this is for Ghanaians to accept the fact that football is a big investment now and that we should encourage our younger generation to take to football.
Mr. Speaker, on the private sector again, it is quite ironical that when it comes to Africa -- Like these stadia that we see, when you go elsewhere the private sector has taken up the challenge to build very nice and fantastic stadia. When you go to South Africa, the banks in South Africa have built a very wonderful stadium; why can our banks in this country not replicate this by putting up wonderful stadia for this country? So it is an area we