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EXTRA TIME: Celebrity support pours in for Ghana as Afcon 2019 opener beckons

As kick-off time for Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opener against Benin draws closer, the support for the team keeps rising.

On the quest to rule the continent for the first time in 37 years, the Black Stars are enjoying undoubtedly their biggest support since their quarter-final run at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

Ahead of the 18:00 GMT kick-off at Egypt's Ismailia Stadium, many have taken to social media to throw their weight behind James Appiah's outfit.

Below are some well-wishes from some Ghanaian icons including Chelsea legend Michael Essien, music sensation Sarkodie and celebrated actress Joselyn Dumas.