On December 7, Ghana will be heading to the polls to elect a new president. Goal.com Ghana spoke to some players and coaches who are pleading for a peaceful atmosphere
|"Ghana won’t burn and God will be with us," Stephen Appiah.
|KWESI APPIAH – Black Stars coach
|ABEDI PELE – Former Ghana captain
I strongly believe Ghana will once again prove to the world that we have come of age. Ghanaians love peace. Parents want to see their children playing football on the streets and at the open places. Conflicts take away all these exciting sceneries. We are not going to fight. I’m calling on the youth in particular to avoid any chaos. We have to vote in a peaceful atmosphere and make sure our children enjoy an environment conducive enough to let them develop. Let’s avoid conflict on December 7.
|STEPHEN APPIAH – Former Black Stars captain|
We don’t have to fight to elect a leader. We need peace and that is the only thing that will guarantee our continuous love for football in this country. Ghana have made a name for herself in the area of politics and football and we must not allow a day to take away all these achievements. I am for peace and everyone has to stand up for peace on Election Day. We have to vote peacefully and accept whoever comes out as the winner. Ghana won’t burn and God will be with us.
|SADAT BUKARI – Astra Giurgiu (Romania)
ISAAC COFFIE – Chievo (Italy): "I will plead with all Ghanaians to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and fair manner. I hope everybody will develop the spirit of tolerance before, during and after the elections. Let’s once again be an example to the whole of Africa and the world. May the better candidate win the elections."
|SAMUEL OSEI KUFFOUR – Former footballer
Ghana is only one and we have to protect it. Elections are meant to elect leaders and not to foment trouble. We need peace to enjoy football. We should not allow ourselves to plunge this country into chaos. Ghana has been a shining example in the area of democracy and has remained an enviable country so we need to consolidate this and tell the world that we have come of age. I am for peace come December 7.
ERIC BEKOE – Berekum Chelsea (Ghana): "In life you never cherish what you have unless you lose it. I am a witness of what happened in Egypt. This upcoming election never let someone use you as a tool for war. Remember mother Ghana is a shelter to all nations and heaven on earth. On election day, when you finish voting just go home in peace and sleep. Don't waste your precious time on argument. I know 90% of Ghanaians are GOD fearing people and won’t pray for war, but as the saying goes as you advise cat also advice the meat. May GOD help us all."
FLORENCE DADSON – Black Princesses (USA): "All over the world, women and children suffer a lot in times of conflicts. Sadly, they are not the ones who start these conflicts, but they go through a lot of hardships. Fellow Ghanaians, please let’s think about our mothers and go into the election peacefully. There is no need for us to fight. Ghanaians are known as peace loving people and we have to let the world know we respect life and we’ll not let a single blood spill for power. I love Ghana and I pray and hope all will go well on December 7."
|DOMINIC ODURO - Chicago Fire (USA)|
YUSSIF CHIBSAH –Djurgårdens IF (Sweden): "All too soon the election is here with us. We pray to God for His guidance, protection, understanding and the wisdom to choose the right leader as Ghana take a decision to elect our next leader over the next four years. I therefore want to use this medium to plead with Ghanaians to learn a lesson from Mahatma Ghandi’s quote: “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporal, the evil it does is permanent.” When you cheat or kill to win an election, you only rule for four years or eight years maximum, which is the temporal good but the dead dies forever and the violated might live with it forever and that is the permanent evil. Ghana need and love everybody for a better 2013, let’s all vote wisely and peacefully come December 7. Assalamu alaikum."
|JOHN PAINTSIL – Hapoel Tel Aviv
|ODARTEY LAMPTEY – Former footballer|
"Without peace no one can live a happy life. Peace is paramount and we have to protect it. I am admonishing the youth of this country to stay off any act that will derail the peace and tranquility that we are enjoying. Ghana has done this before and I am very confident we’ll sail through successfully."
EMMANUEL CLOTTEY – Esperance (Tunisia): Peace, peace, peace is all I pray for this election. We need Ghana and we should not disappoint the world. All eyes will be on us and this is a perfect opportunity to prove to the world once more that Ghana have come of age. I see a Ghana smiling after December 7 and not a Ghana wailing. We should vote for peace. We must not allow anyone to use us for political gains. We are one and elections should not divide us.