The Black Stars of Ghana added a touch of cultural flair to their departure for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as they sported traditional kaftans.
The four-time African champions, set to make their 24th appearance at the continental stage, showcased African elegance and unity in bright white kaftans adorned with African print designs on the chest pockets. The ensemble was completed with beautiful traditional sandals, paying homage to Ghanaian culture.
Ahead of their departure to Ivory Coast, where the AFCON tournament will take place, the 27 players and members of the technical team posed in their stylish kaftans, emphasising a sense of cultural pride and unity.
The departure followed a farewell dinner with President Akufo-Addo at the Golden Bean Hotel in Kumasi, after the team’s final training in Ghana. The dinner was a festive occasion, featuring entertainers such as Reggae-Dancehall artist Stonebwoy and Afua Asantewaa Aduonum, known for her recent Guinness World Record attempt.
Ghana’s AFCON campaign is set to kick off on Sunday against Cape Verde, followed by matches against Egypt on Thursday, January 18, and Mozambique on Monday, January 22, during the group stage.
The Black Stars are on a mission of redemption, aiming to erase the memories of their Group stage elimination in the 2021 edition, marked by a surprising 3-2 defeat to debutants Comoros.
Additionally, the team aspires to end a 42-year-title drought, with their last AFCON triumph dating back to 1982.