At a press briefing hosted at the Ghanaian High Commission by His Excellency Prof. Kwaku Danso – Boafo,the Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK, on February 24th, 2011, for the UK and European media on the up coming friendly match between Ghana Black Stars and the English team, being packaged by the English FA and Mel Goldberg Law Firm (representing Ghana), Mr Stuart Turner who is the head of broadcasting of English FA expressed their gladness on how the match is generating excitement beyond their expectation. He stated that it is the first time that an away team has sold more than 10.000 tickets at Wembley.
Mr Mel Goldberg in response confirmed that the 20,000 tickets issued to the Ghanaian team were already sold out 4 weeks before the match and people are now searching for where to get more tickets. Mr Goldberg also indicated that pressures are already mounting for the confirmation of the second leg of the match for Accra. The High Commissioner expressed his gratitude on the development; He recalled that history would remind us how famous Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana led a solid foundation right from the independence in 1957, that football played a crucial role in developing the relationship of Ghana and the outside world, especially the English. He made reference to how President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya in his aspiration for rivalry invited the Ghana Black Stars to a friendly match on their independence celebration; much to his amazement, the Black Stars trashed the Kenyan team 14 -2. The High Commissioner reassured both the English team and their fans that this match would be a feaster and a match to remember.
“It would be a mile stone in African Football” He wished both teams the very best. The occasion came to a close with Mr Turner handing over to the High Commissioner some English jerseys while the Ghanaian 2010 Beauty Queen and her train which added glamour to the day, FIFA representatives and others in attendance watched on.