Security personnel in India made up predominantly of police whose duty is to keep the peace and maintain law and order at the ongoing U-17 FIFA World Cup yesterday seized musical instruments belonging to the Ghanaian supporters.
The police confiscated the musical instruments from the Ghanaian supporters and explained to them that it was a security precaution even though the supporters were adamant to give up their instruments.
Before Ghana’s match against Niger yesterday, Ghanaian supporters were held outside the Stadium for close to 45 minutes and were told to hand over their drums and trumpets before being allowed entry.
The Ghanaian supporters explained that the instruments were an essential part of the support and explained that they were allowed to use the instruments in South Korea, South Africa and in Brazil.
The police however refused to listen to any explanation and called for assistance from some FIFA officials who were in support of the decision to strip the Ghanaian supporters of their musical instruments.
The Ghanaian supporters however had to give in and follow the order by the Indian Police and rid themselves of the musical instruments except the maracas which they were allowed to carry into the stadium.
Some of the leading members of the Ghanaian supporters could not control their frustration at the turn of events but they had to oblige because the match was some minutes away from kick-off.
The Ghanaian supporters have won the admiration of many nations especially the Indians with the colorful, Red, Gold, Green and Black apparel.
Many Indian football lovers who were at the stadium were believed to have rushed to take selfies with the Ghanaian supporters.
It has also been reported that the Ghanaian support base in India has won the admiration of the international media who were quick to interview them after the game against Niger which ended 2:0 in favor of Ghana.
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