The UN Secretary-General António Guterres received a customised Black Stars jersey on Friday on the sidelines of the Security Council meetings where Ghana is president for the month of November.
The Black Stars begin their campaign against Portugal on 24 November 2022.
“This jersey is a gift from President Nana Akufo-Addo. I’m sure the value will go up when we win the World Cup,” Ghana’s Permanent Representative at the UN, Harold Agyeman told Guterres.
In response, the Secretary-General said: “The colour of the jersey is just like that of (Portuguese club) Benfica, the team I support.”
Guterres told his staff to keep the shirt securely in case Ghana did, in fact, win the World Cup.
He was also presented with a wood and glass-framed shirt in white, autographed by the Black Stars players.
President Akufo-Addo is due to address the Security Council on 10 November.
Ghana is using its two-year term on the council, which began in January this year, to bring the world’s attention to the root causes of insecurity in Africa, especially in the Sahel and West Africa.
The West African country is also pressing for innovations in peace-keeping mandates.