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COVID-19: Stranded Ghanaian players in Ethiopia arrive in Ghana safely after Government intervention

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Stephen Owura Kissi
Journalism has been my prior job during childhood. With all things been so good for me, I am able to achieve my aim and fulfill the promise I made to my family. I am now a renowned sports journalist working with Ghana News Page.

The Ghanaian players who made a video to complain about being stranded in Ethiopia as a result of the coronavirus induced lockdown have arrived in Ghana, Ghana News Page Sports can confirm.

With Ghana’s borders closed to international travel since March, 2020, the players had been stuck in Ethiopia for more than two months following the decision of the Ethiopian football federation to cancel 2019/2020 league season on May 5, 2020 and

A contingent of 21 players arrived late Friday night via a bus from Lome, having arrived in the Togolese capital with a flight from Addis Ababa early Friday morning.

They were immediately taken to the Ghanaman Soccer Center of Excellence in Prampram where they will now undergo a 14 day mandatory quarantine.

Background

On June 23, 2020, a video surfaced on social media of a group of Ghanaian players led by former Medeama goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe and former Black Stars defender Lee Addy who passionately appealed to government to come to their aide in helping to transport them to Ghana.

“We beg the government, we are footballers and now our season has been cancelled.

“Our teams have sorted us out and we have also squandered all the money with have for food and rent.

“On the 30th our rent will also expire.

“We have our own return tickets, we are not asking anyone to do anything extraordinary for us.

“We beg the officials to come to our aid to rescue us because after our resident permit expires that will further complicate the situation.” Muntari Tagoe said in the video.

Lee Addy then revealed that the Ghanaian Embassy in Ethiopia demanded an amount of two thousand US dollars to evacuate a number of Ghanaian players who ply their trade in Ethiopia.

“We have made contact with the Ghanaian embassy here and the only thing they are telling us is that we should pay two thousand dollars so that they can put us in a cargo plane.

They say unless we do that there is nothing that can be done about our situation,” he explained.

Right after the video emerged, GFA President, Kurt Okraku took to social media to assure that his outfit was working closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as the Ghana Embassy in Ethiopia to ensure the players were brought home.

It appears the efforts have since yielded results following the players’ arrival on Friday.

Aside Tagoe and Lee Addy, other players include Yakubu Mohammed, Abdul Latif Mohammed, Fuseini Nuhu, Alhassan Nuhu, Rahim Osumanu, Aaron Amoah, Edwin Frimpong Manso, Osei Mawuli among a host of others.

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