Ghanaians ordered to be patriotic ahead of World Cup

  • 21 May 2010
  • From the section Africa
A Ghanian football fan
Image caption Ghana is one of six African teams in the continent's first World Cup

The authorities in Ghana have urged people to wear the national colours of red, gold and green ahead of June's football World Cup in South Africa.

Ghana is one of 32 teams competing in the tournament.

Ghana's information ministry issued a statement asking companies to encourage staff to wear the team's Black Star football shirts to work every Friday.

People have been told to fly the national flag from their homes, offices and cars.

"The little we can all do as Ghanaians is to wake up to the call and paint Ghana red, gold, green every Friday between now and the end of the World Cup," the statement published on the website Ghana Web.

"This certainly will be a major boost for the morale of our senior national football team," it said.

The BBC's David Amanor in the capital, Accra, says on the first Friday since the call, very few people had followed the advice.

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