Queen's Baton Relay: Ghana's sporting fans to rock Glasgow
- 9 January 2014
One of the most colourful sights at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year will be the army of sports fanatics from Ghana who will be in Scotland to support their team.
Well organised, sometimes sponsored, dressed in team kit and 110% dedicated, the Ghana supporters clubs are ready to come to the games and set the standard amongst sports fans.
At The Flagstaff House, the presidential palace in Accra, I was waiting to see the Vice President start the country's baton relay. The atmosphere was fairly formal until a large group burst into song and dance, transforming the mood to one of great celebration. This is exactly what the NSU (National Supporters Union) is all about.
The NSU describe themselves as, "a renowned vocal support group, which aims to support the nation's team to victory, and create an atmosphere which cheers players and supporters at stadiums". I can see where they are coming from.
The Tartan Army of Scotland and the Barmy Army of England are famous supporters groups in the UK. Ghanaian supporters have their roots in the national game of football but now their fan base and support covers any and all sports, bringing west African music and dance to any sporting event.
Many of the fans even get their flights and travel costs paid for through sponsorship, so they have even more reason to party with the greatest of gusto!
Ben Nunoo Mensah, who is leading Ghana's Commonwealth team, estimates that a few thousand 'official fans' will be packing their bags in July with their kpanlogo drums, trumpets and trombones to bring the venues of Glasgow alive with traditional jama songs.
I can't wait to see the party that Ghana brings to the games.