AFCON 2023: Ghana’s Black Stars Melts Hearts With Their Chic Kente Outfits As They Arrive in Style

AFCON 2023: Ghana’s Black Stars Melts Hearts With Their Chic Kente Outfits As They Arrive in Style

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at January 10, 2024 at 6:35 PM
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  • Ghana arrived in Ivory Coast for AFCON 2023 in style
  • The Black Stars wowed fans with their stunning outfits
  • The West Africans are in Group B, along with favourites Egypt

The Black Stars of Ghana made an impressive fashion statement with their elegant kente attire upon their arrival in Ivory Coast.

Their chic and traditional outfits set the tone for a stylish entry as they aim to end their 42-year continental title drought at this year's edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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Ghana's Black Stars stormed Ivory Coast in style with their elegant kente. Photo credit: @GhanaBlackstars.
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The four-time African champions embarked on the short journey to neighbouring Ivory Coast on January 10, ready to compete in Group B against strong contenders like Egypt, seven-time African champions, alongside fellow West Africans Cape Verde and the Mambas of Mozambique, making their fifth appearance in the tournament.

Ghana arrives in Ivory Coast in style

With the competition drawing near, the remaining 23 participating teams gradually made their way to Ivory Coast, starting with the Atlas Lions of Morocco, who landed in Abidjan on Sunday, per CAFOnline.

The Black Stars, however, took the opportunity to showcase their cultural heritage and style on their arrival.

Dressed in immaculate all-white kaftans, the 27 players and coaching staff added a touch of vibrancy with carefully woven and colourful kente fabric draped over their attire, presenting a fusion of tradition and sophistication.

Here are some of the photos of Ghana's grand entry into the Ivory Coast:

Cultural significance of kente

According to Locus Estates, the Kente cloth stands as a powerful emblem of Ghanaian culture, renowned worldwide for its exquisite beauty, elaborate designs, and profound cultural importance.

Its origins can be traced to the Ashanti kingdom, situated in contemporary Ghana, where it first emerged as a royal fabric reserved solely for the king and his esteemed court.

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In a related publication, Sports Brief reported that Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Ofori, based in South Africa, made a notable entrance as the Black Stars landed in Abidjan for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Decked out in vibrant Kente garments, Ofori and his teammates showcased a colourful arrival. As they emerged from the airport terminal, local cultural dancers greeted them with a warm reception.

In a widely shared video on social media, the Orlando Pirates shot-stopper demonstrated his Adowa dancing skills, a traditional dance from the Ashanti Region in Ghana, echoing the local cultural welcome.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.