Ghana head coach Charles Kwablah Akonnor has dedicated his team’s emphatic 2-0 win against Sudan to the late former President Jerry John Rawlings.
The founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) passed on Thursday in the build-up to the Black Stars’ encounter against their counterpart from Sudan in the qualifiers to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
With the news throwing the country into a state of mourning, Ghana players wore a Black armband in honour of the former president in the game against Sudan.
At the end of a game that ended 2-0 for Ghana, Coach CK Akonnor says the team dedicates the win to ex-President Jerry John Rawlings.
“What is important is that we won today. Our former President has passed and we dedicate that win to him. He has done a lot for our country and we are all proud of him. May his soul rest in peace,” coach Akonnor said in a post-match interview after the Sudan victory.
“Black Stars captain Andre Ayew also said in a post-match interview that he and his teammates dedicate their 2-0 win over Sudan in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to former Ghana president John Jerry Rawlings who passed on today”.
The Swansea City star told the media after the match they fought hard to beat the North African country in honour of JJ Rawlings who died at age 73.
On the match day, Andre Ayew netted a brace to inspire Ghana to the 2-0 win against Sudan.
Ghana will face Sudan in the reverse leg tie on November 17 in Khartoum.