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The Black Stars have been told about 700 to 1000 supporters are being jet in to spur them on to win the trophy for the first time in 31 years

The government of Ghana will fly out about 1000 fans to South Africa to cheer the Black Stars on at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The government official in charge of coordinating affairs at the continent’s biggest football gathering, Dr. Omane-Boamah disclosed the move forms part of plans to end a 31-year-old trophy drought.

Speaking to the players in camp at Abu Dhabi, he encouraged them to remain united as they embark on a mission to bring honour to the nation.

“I love the discipline that I have seen,” Dr. Omane-Boamah said. “I love the dedication and your commitment to the country and I know the people of Ghana appreciate this.”

“As government we are very happy with the kind of discipline prevailing in camp. We keep on hearing all the things that are happening in camp.

“We are confident that you have what it takes to end our 31-year title drought that has afflicted our country.”

He added: “The management, the technical team and the playing body have our full support. We will not interfere in technical affairs.”

Ghana’s opening game is against DR Congo on January 20 before facing Mali and Niger in subsequent Group B games to be played in Port Elizabeth.

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