The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has said it is “completely overwhelmed” by the outstanding support the Black Stars received in Kumasi when they played Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday 11 June, 2017.

As such, the GFA has expressed its appreciation to all those who played various roles in the successful hosting of the match.

A statement of appreciation signed by association president Kwesi Nyantakyi said: “First and foremost, we would like to thank the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for offering his wise counsel and support to the Black Stars at the Manhyia Palace.

“Otumfuo’s presence during Friday’s training session was also an incredible inspiration to the players, the coaching staff, and management.

“The Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye, also visited the team on Saturday night and his encouraging speech and prayer with the players also spurred the Black Stars to victory.

“The government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, ensured that the Black Stars preparation for the match was smooth, which massively helped in the success.

“We also want to thank our banking partner Unibank and the Duffuor Foundation as they joined the Black Stars’ effort of donating to three orphanages – the Kumasi Children’s Home, Missionaries of Charity, and All Nations Orphanage on Friday.

“The various religious bodies from Christians, Muslims and traditionalists all supported the team with prayers for which we are thankful.

“The media was extremely vital to the success of the team as the wall-to-wall coverage helped to secure the massive turnout during Sunday’s match and for that we are grateful.

“We also want to recognise the incredible support of the fans and students as they defied the early rains to throng the stadium to support the Black Stars to victory.

“Such concerted efforts will continue to play an important role in keeping the Black Stars moving in a positive direction.”