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World Cup 2022: Portugal Parliament Votes to Approve President’s Trip to Watch Ghana Clash

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World Cup 2022: Portugal Parliament Votes to Approve President’s Trip to Watch Ghana Clash

The parliament of Portugal has voted to approve President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s trip to watch their 2022 World Cup clash against Ghana, Ghanasoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

This means the President of the Republic will be in Qatar to watch the first game of their National Team in the World Cup, after parliament authorized it by voting on Tuesday.

Other parliament also voted to approve the trips of other leaders of the country to travel to Qatar to watch their subsequent group matches of the tournament being played in the Asian country.

The Speaker of Parliament will travel to watch the country’s second group game while the Prime Minister will also make the trip to watch their final group match.

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According to the constitution of Portugal, the President of the Republic cannot leave the national territory without the consent of the Parliament of the Republic.

This prompted the ruling government to present the draft resolution to the Speaker of Parliament of the Republic who subsequently put to to members for voting over the trip.

This was overwhelmingly approved with votes in favour of the the travel to ensure that President Marcelo will watch his side take on the Black Stars in their opening Group H match.

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The political parties PS, PSD and PCP voted to approve with their huge numbers while Chega abstained with Liberal Initiative, Left Bloc, PAN and Livre voting against but the leader got the numbers to secure his trip to Qatar.

In his travel request, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa requested parliamentary authorization to leave the country between November 23 and 25 to watch the first match of the national team in Qatar.

In the same letter addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that “the attendance of the highest figures of the State to watch the National Team games was agreed.”

“The presence of the Speaker of Parliament, Augusto Santos Silva, being foreseen in the second game (November 28) and the Prime Minister, António Costa, in the third (December 2).”

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Ghana will play Portugal on Thursday in their Group H match and the President of Ghana is expected to attend the match.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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World Cup 2022: Ghana vs Uruguay – LIVE UPDATES

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World Cup 2022: Ghana vs Uruguay – LIVE UPDATES

Follow the play-by-play in the game between Ghana and Uruguay from the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakra.

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Ghana have their destiny in their own hands as they face old foes, Uruguay in the last Group H match at the World Cup in Qatar on Friday at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

The Black Stars having beaten South Korea in the last round need just a point to ensure their progression to the knockout stage of the tournament is secured.

A resounding win for Ghana in this game could also see the African giants finish top of the group depending on the results of the other game involving Korea and Portugal.

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The Black Stars go into this fixture on the back of the memories of 2010 when they two sides met and the unforgettable incident happened.

Ghana came so close to a semi-finals berth after a Luiz Suarez handball on the goal line prevented a winning goal by the Black Stars just at the end of extra-time.

A penalty was awarded to Ghana but failed to convert and were eliminated subsequently through post match penalty shootouts.

The Black Stars are hopeful of claiming a redemption at the end of Friday’s encounter.

Uruguay are aware of the fact that anything short of a victory against Ghana in Al Wakrah on Friday evening will see them bow out of the tournament after group stages.

The Sky Blues are yet to score a single goal in Qatar after two rounds after drawing goalless with Korea and losing 2-0 to Portugal.

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The last time the Celeste didn’t go beyond the group stage in the World Cup was in 2002 where they drew 3-3 in the final group game against Senegal.

However, Uruguay are boastful of a good record against African oppositions in this tournament as they’re unbeaten in four matches against Senegal, South Africa, Ghana and Egypt.

The Sky Blues are keen on maintaining their undefeated run against African sides but this time must be a win at all costs, only that way they can make it to the next round.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Qatar World Cup 2022: Africa Remembers: Ghana Ready for 2010 Revenge in Uruguay Clash

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Qatar World Cup 2022: Africa Remembers: Ghana Ready for 2010 Revenge in Uruguay Clash

The year is 2010 and “vuvuzelas” are trumpeting across the continent of Africa where a beautiful country in the Southern part of the black continent called South Africa has defied the odds by being granted the golden opportunity to host the world’s most prestigious football tournament, the FIFA World Cup.

The hosts, Bafana Bafana of South Africa, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Algeria’s Desert Foxes, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and Ivory Coast’s Elephants, have all packed their bags and all African hopes and dreams rest on the shoulders of the Black Star of Ghana when they come across Southern American wildcards, Uruguay.

What could possibly go wrong? The “shocking” answer is everything would come crashing down on our (Ghana supporters’) heads.

In the first half, you could cut the tension with a knife as the atmosphere in the FNB stadium, also known as Soccer City or the Calabash, as the warriors vied for blood.

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Both teams were exchanging punches without any fatal blows until the halfway mark when Ghana’s midfielder Sulley Muntari buried an Asamoah Gyan assist home.

The whole 94,736-seater Calabash erupted into euphoria as we thought this was it, our ticket into the semifinals.

Was it really the much-awaited breakthrough? Unfortunately, the joy and adrenaline were to be short-lived as the eventual golden boot awardee Diego Forlan equalized just 10 minutes into the second half.

On the 90-minute mark, only four minutes of injury time were added to no avail.

The game stayed tied up until the final whistle and of course, there were two options left, either sealing a semifinal spot in the extra time or taking it to the penalties.

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From Cape to Cairo, all African spirits were summoned to brighten the Black Stars and fortunately, the prayers of the sons and daughters of the soil seemed to be on the verge of being answered.

Just a minute before the final whistle of extra time, chaos erupted in Uruguay’s box with Luis Suarez heroically defending John Mensah’s effort off the line but the worst drama happened when El Pistolero took over the goalkeeper’s responsibility by using his hands to clear away a Dominic Adiyiah rebound header.

For those of us who were rallying behind Ghana, we could feel our blood vessels boiling with rage staring at our home television sets.

I personally still remember my 86-year-old grandmother who had never been a football fan before this match uttering words I still remember to this day, “Dai ndaiva muroyi, uyu ndairova nemheni badzi (If I was a witch, I would strike this one (Suarez) with lightning).”

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This is how crucial the encounter was for not just Ghana but for the pride of the African people.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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If The Players Are At The Same Level As In Previous Games We Will Win – Otto Addo

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If The Players Are At The Same Level As In Previous Games We Will Win – Otto Addo

Ghana head coach, Otto Addo, says the Black Stars could be walking away with all three points if the players deliver the same performances as they have in the previous two games.

The Black Stars head into the final game needing to avoid defeat to stand a chance of progressing to the Round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Ghana lost to Portugal in their opening game before overcoming a late scare from South Korea to register a win in their second game.

Delighted with the fighting spirit of the team, Addo has urged his players to keep the same momentum when they face Uruguay at the Al Janoub Stadium on Friday, December 2.

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“I believe [Uruguay] don’t have a choice. They have to win, so I don’t think they have a choice playing more defensively,” he said during his press conference ahead of the game.

“We expect them to press high, to try to force and dictate the game. They know that a draw is not good enough for them. Surely there is no option than to attack.

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“I believe it is also a chance for us because there will be gaps in their defence. We have to be strong. Surely we have to use the gaps which they will automatically leave and try to score.

“It’s going to be tight and tough just like the other matches at the World Cup but I am very confident if the players are at the same level as the last two games we will win.”

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The game is scheduled for a 3PM kickoff with live telecast on Joy Prime TV.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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