World Cup 'inspires hope, confidence among African nations'

Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The just-ended FIFA World Cup, held in Africa for the f irst time ever, has inspired hope and confidence among African nations that they have the capaci ty to deal with the continent's challenges of development, according to African Union Commissioner f or Social Affairs Bience Gawanas.
Speaking to journalists here on the sidelines of the 15th Ordinary Session of th e AU Assembly, Gawanas said: ''We need to look beyond the World Cup and ask ourselves about the legacy it has left to us.
''Despite all the predictions and negative reports that Africa could not host th e event, we have done it very successfully,'' she said, recalling that in 2007 the AU Assembly decided th at the continent should back South Africa in hosting the games because it was an African event.
Gawanas said that Ghana's national team, the Black Stars, should be applauded fo r continuing to fight for the honour of Africa after other teams of the continent had been beate n.
''Black Stars have shown us that with young energetic players, we can win the ne xt World Cup,'' she added.
Meanwhile, Ghana President John Atta Mills has told the AU Assembly that he has decided to rename his national team 'Black Stars of Africa'.
The president made the remark after a number of African leaders showered praises on the team for its impressive performance in South Africa.

27 july 2010 12:44:00




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