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It is understandable that “tomorrow” has many quotes by the great and the good from antiquity to the modern era. Tomorrow symbolises hope, but it also stands for the GREAT UNKOWN. Of those many quotes about tomorrow, perhaps the most popular and profound is the one delivered by Shakespeare’s Macbeth shortly after he was informed of his ambitious wife’s death.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;…

Tomorrow is not the end of recorded time, but it sure feels like it. Definitely, from the Black Stars and Ghana’s perspective, tomorrow [This afternoon] is a do or die day. Ghana’s Black Stars play the Taegeuk Warriors of South Korea in the second group match of the 2022 World Cup. We would have gone into this match with a lot of peace of mind if the referee in our first match against Portugal had not played as the European team’s twelfth man.

By the way, I have read that Black Stars Coach Otto Addo has apologised to FIFA for the remarks he made about the referee after we were robbed. I understand that he has also revealed that Ghana has not petitioned FIFA about the blatant abuse of power by referee Ismael Elfath. This is a pity. When Coach Addo called out Mr. Elfath, he did so in a calm manner but spoke the truth nonetheless. Most experts across the globe have backed his statement. So, why has he apologised?

Perhaps, this is one more example of FIFA tyranny, of which there will be more later in this Diary series. Maybe it says something about our lacking confidence as a nation that the coach of the national football team has to apologise for calling a spade a spade. In 1964, when a Ghanaian boxer called Floyd Robertson was robbed in a split decision again Sugar Ramos in Accra, Nkrumah’s government did not just protest. It symbolically reversed the decision!

Anyway, back to tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow is another day, but not just any old another day. Ghana Expects. We should not just expect the Black Stars to do their duty but that every Ghanaian should do his or her duty as well. In the olden days, if the proverbial man from Mars dropped into Ghana on any day the Black Stars were playing, he would need no interpretation to decipher both the meaning of the occasion and its significance. The red-gold-green and the black Star was everywhere in flags, buntings, painted faces, replica shirts and in any way imaginable. Ghanaians understood that it was part of the social contract of the occasion for ordinary citizens to offer their support. We can take it that almost all Ghanaians will support the Stars tomorrow, but it is not enough; we must be seen to be offering that support.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth’s sad reflection of life in the Tomorrow soliloquy ends with the immortal phrase: “Full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing. We want tomorrow to be full of sound and fury but signifying something for this nation.

Literally, don’t be a spectator. Be a supporter.

Source: Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng

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