Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has been unveiled as a Peace Ambassador for the November 7 general elections at the launch of the Unity Match which comes off in June.
As part of activities to promote Peace and Unity ahead of the elections, there will be a football match between Ghana’s Asante Kotoko and a world select side at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on June 8 with another match set to be played on June 11 in Accra between the Black Stars and the World selected side.
The occasion saw the attendance of Ex England captain and Arsenal legend Sol Campbell and Ghanaian born Dutch international George Boateng in attendance to help promote peace in Ghana.
In his acceptance speech, Stephen Appiah in his acceptance speech, said, “As the former captain of the Black Stars and a former footballer I strongly believe my status today has been made possible by Ghana. From the moment I was offered my first opportunity to wear the national colours and through my days with the various national teams till I was made the captain of the Black Stars.”
“I believe Ghana has been so good to me and one of the best ways to give back to my beloved country is to commit myself to its development which can only be achieved by fostering an atmosphere of peace and unity.”
The Ghanaian legend used the occasion to urge all to value the peace and unity ahead we already have and strive to maintain it ahead of the polls.
He also urged the people to be aware of the political differences that existed and be mindful not to let this factor divide the nation, let alone wipe or threaten to wipe the democratic gains over the years.
“In my opinion I see election to be similar to the game of football there are two possible outcomes a win or lose, there are opposing sides who supporters have made huge emotional investment and can go extreme length just to see their favourite team win there is a referee to ensure the rules are obeyed," he emphasized .