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President Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has charged the senior national soccer team of Ghana [Black Stars] to at least finish in the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The President made this call at a breakfast meeting held at the Jubilee House in Accra on Monday, April 26.

The purpose of the meeting is to raise $25m sponsorship from corporate organizations to help fund the Black Stars and other national teams.

The Black Stars have qualified for thee FIFA World Cups – 2006 [Germany], 2010 [South Africa], and 2014 [Brazil].

But President Akufo-Addo believe that though difficult, Ghana can still go a step further than the quarter finals its finished in South Africa 2010 where the Black Stars lost to Uruguay on penalty shootout.

“We must also reach at least the semi-finals of the world cup in Qatar,” he said.

“Our exploits in 2010, where we reached the quarter finals in South Africa, tell us that once prepared, we have the quality and the talent to match any of the best teams in the world.

“The task might seem daunting, but it is exactly not insurmountable.”

The 22nd edition of the quadrennial international men’s association football championship [World Cup] contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA is scheduled to take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

This will be the first FIFA World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country.

It will, however, be the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

The draw for the second round was held on January 21, 2020 at the Ritz-Charlton hotel in Cairo, Egypt.

Ghana is drawn in Group G with South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia. The first matches will be played in June 2021.

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