Zuma calls on South Africans to support Ghana

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to unite and blow their vuvuzelas in support of Ghana as they take on Uruguay at the World Cup quarter-finals tonight.

Zuma's hopes were high on Friday that Ghana would proceed to the semi-finals, with the support of South Africa and rest of the African continent behind them.

He was confident that they would once again prove that they were indeed the stars of Africa.

"I'm quite confident that they are going to do very well since they hold the hopes of the African continent."

Ghana would make World Cup history if they beat Uruguay in their quarter-final clash at Soccer City at 20:30. If they do so, they would become the first African side to reach the semi-finals.

This is the third time that Uruguay has made the quarter-finals and join rivals Brazil and Argentina in the final eight, having won the World Cup in 1930 and 1950.

Support is also at an all time high for the Black Stars who are the only African team left in the tournament.

The Gauteng Provincial Government has kicked off a mobilisation campaign to drum up support for the Ghanaian national team.

The campaign kicked off on Wednesday at Berea in Johannesburg, then moved to Sunnyside in Pretoria on Thursday, and today will go to Yeoville in Johannesburg.

Mobilisation efforts will take the format of a formal programme, where messages of support from the Premier, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation will be delivered and pamphlets and flags will be handed out. There will also be live entertainment.