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Video: Thank you for putting the icing on my birthday - Akufo-Addo to Black Stars

By Vincent Ashitey
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President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday welcomed the Black Stars to the Jubilee House after securing qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Black Stars gifted the President a huge birthday gift by being the first African nation to book a ticket to the Mundial in November.

The Presiden in his speech expressed gratitude to the team for putting the icing on his birthday day by achieving Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification having missed out on the last edition staged in Russia.

"You're all welcome to the Jubilee house which is the sit of our presidency of our country, Akufo-Addo said.

"I just want to add my personal word of gratitude to you for putting the icing on the cake on my birthday yesterday, March 29."

March 29, 2022, which was the President's 78th birthday day, coincided with Ghana's qualification to the World Cup.

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The Black Stars on Tuesday put up a brave performance to pick up a 1-1 draw against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Tuesday.

The draw sent Ghana through to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament on the away goals rule.

Captain Thomas Partey gave Ghana the lead against the run of play in the 10th minute, before Watford defender William Trost-Ekong levelled from the penalty spot 12 minutes later after Ademola Lookman was judged to have been fouled in the box.

Partey's strike puts Ghana through to the quadrennial competition on the away goals rule after the first leg finished goalless at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday.

The Black Stars thus secures an historic 4th FIFA World Cup tournament having participated in 2006, 2010 and 2014 in Germany, South Africa and Brazil respectively as Otto Addo becomes the second ingenious Coach to take Ghana to the World Cup after Kwasi Appiah in 2014.

Ghana’s qualification denied Nigeria a fourth successive outing at the World Cup finals.