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Five out of about 30 Ghanaian footballers who were stranded in India, with no means of livelihood or a way back home for almost five months, have now found their way back to Ghana.

This follows an intervention from a non-resident of India, Anirudh K, who told Times Of India, he had read about the plight of the Ghanaians and decided to help.

The players in a video last month appealed to the government and President Akufo-Addo to come to their aid by repatriating them.

Anirudh K, who hails from Kannur, Kerala, raised an amount of $6,800 consisting mostly his own money as well as contributions from friends to ensure that these footballers were able to board the Chartered evacuation flight from New Delhi to Accra on Friday.

Richard Hanson who was stranded in Dimapur, a city in Nagaland, Stephen Kwasi Mensa who been bed-ridden with a critical liver condition for the past five months and three others were all on board the flight.

Sources from the Times of India indicated that Jaya Bakery team manager Rafeeq P B arranged for domestic flight tickets for Mensa from Kerala to New Delhi, while Anirudh’s group helped with all other expenses, including six months of medication for the critically ill defender.

The now repatriated have been told they owe nothing to anyone and only need to as a means of payment to Anirudh support Chelsea.


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