at the need for Leaders to sit down and talk with one another so that this issue of rebels would cease.
Madam Speaker, I think that the Black Stars are doing well and it is our hope that at the end of it all Ghana shall emerge victorious. This is because Sport is a passion to the Ghanaian and this would equally harness our unity to make sure that the unity, in diversity grows from strength to strength, such that this nation would continue to see stability in development.
Thank you, Madam Speaker for this
Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye (NPP
-- Dome-Kwabenya): Madam Speaker, I rise to make a few contributions to the Statement on the floor of this Honourable House.
Madam Speaker, football is a very wonderful game, it arouses a lot of national interest and unity. Madam Speaker, it is a time that we see nationalism also on display.
Definitely, anytime they play our Anthem we all feel very proud and we see the flag all over the place globally.
Madam Speaker, the better our team performs, the more our Anthem is played and naturally the more we all become proud. For that matter, it becomes actually a very national affair.
Madam Speaker, at any given time, we see eleven gallant young men represen- ting Ghana, in short, our fate rests in their hands. They can let us down, they can make us proud. Madam Speaker, joy comes to many homes as a result of their performance and vice versa.
I believe that, we should, as a people, no matter what we do wherever we are --
carpenters, masons, architects whatever, see this as a call to God and country and if we should all do our various jobs, the way we expect our young men in the Black Stars to perform, definitely, this country would be a better place for all of us.
Madam Speaker, it is also a fact that no one can select himself to become a member of this team, and not only that, whoever is selected must subject himself to discipline and also team spirit.
In fact, the beauty about football as against many sports is that, it is not an individual display of business, it is a team affair. Particularly when we watch Egypt, we realize that it is a very cohesive team, not necessarily depending upon individual talents.
I believe that it should be a lesson in
other aspects of our human endeavour, that as people, we should eschew pulling down others and we should adopt the team spirit best exhibited in football in all the things that we do in various aspects of our national life and in nation building. We should also see the need to “die small” for our country.
Madam Speaker, it is beautiful to see young men obviously really tired but running and giving themselves virtually away, even at the risk and pain of their very limbs and life so that Ghana should shine. We salute them and we trust that we should continue to adopt this kind of spirit in all that we do in various areas, also remembering that no one can achieve excellence without training.
They definitely have subjected themselves to a lot of training, acquired skills and willing to employ these skills in order that we should all be satisfied as a nation. In the same way, the young people must continue to realize that no one can attain any height without training, without subjecting themselves to coaching.
In fact, the footballers, if they would not subject themselves to their coach would not do well. But they are not small boys, they are men. In fact many of them are earning huge sums of money, but the more they are able to subject themselves to the discipline of the coach and the person who is in authority, the better they would perform and we continue to realize this.
Madam Speaker, discipline, therefore, should continue to be part and parcel of our lives.
What happened to the Togolese team must be something that we have to talk about as Africans. We know how far we have come towards being accepted globally and when these incidences come, they are not seen only as a Togo affair, they are seen as ‘look at these Africans'.
It is important for us to, in this House, send word that, we would want South Africa to take the next game that will be held in their country, that global event very, very seriously; that they are representing the whole of Africa. It must be an Africa Union affair and security must not slack in any manner whatsoever, that the global civilized world of which we are part would have any reason to query Africa in any way whatsoever.
Madam Speaker, for these few words, I
thank you for the opportunity to contribute.
Mr. Emmanuel Kwasi Bandua (NDC
-- Biakoye): Madam Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to add my voice to the commendations that are going to the Black Stars. Indeed, they have done very well because these are young men who are to step in for their senior colleagues who were injured. But in doing so, we should not forget the coach and the management team of the Black Stars who have done a good job to ensure that these young men were readily available to take the place of
the older men when they were not ready to take on the job because of the injuries.
The advice I want to give to the nation
and particularly, the football fraternity and to the management team of the Black Stars is that, there is the need to ensure that sports are developed from the juvenile level upwards, so that at any point in time, when the senior men are not in a position to do the job, the young men who have been trained and are ready can immediately stand in and take their places.
I think that if we do not go that way, a time would come when there would be a vacuum; when there is the need for the senior men to play and they are not in a position to play, we may not get the young ones to replace them.
Indeed, it is a good job well done and I hope and pray that the Black Stars would not end it there but they will continue and bring the cup home so that we would all enjoy with them.
With these few words, I want to thank
the management team, the Black Stars and all Ghanaians for supporting the team to this stage.
Thank you very much, Madam Speaker.