- 32 Ghanaian football lovers who traveled to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have been left stranded in Moscow
- According to the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charles Owiredu his office was alerted by the Russian authorities about the development
It has been revealed that about 32 Ghanaians have been left stranded in Russia after they travelled to watch the World Cup.
The Ghanaian football lovers are reported to have been left stranded in the Russian capital, Moscow.
This was confirmed by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charles Owiredu, during an interview with Accra-based Citi FM.
According to him, his office was alerted about the development by the Russian authorities, with plans underway to evacuate the stranded persons.
He said with the assistance of the Nigerian embassy in Russia, spaces were secured on a Nigerian chartered flight to transport the Ghanaians back home.
He further revealed that about 20 of the Ghanaians are currently in Abuja, awaiting a connecting flight back home.
“Luckily for us, we had very good cooperation with the Nigerian Ambassador in Moscow. Nigeria was in the World Cup, so they had chartered a flight for their supporters to be sent back to Nigeria. We agreed that they could get us some space on our aircraft,” the deputy Minister said.
“They got us 20 of these stranded supporters on this Nigerian flight to Lagos. As we speak, I am aware that our mission in Abuja had made plans for our colleagues to be brought back to Accra. Four of them are going to procure so they should be in Ghana by now. The outstanding number is eight who are being kept in a hostel, and we are making plans to keep them out of Moscow as quickly as possible.”
This comes after some 50 Ghanaians were deported from Australia after they were discovered to have posed as journalists for the Commonwealth Games.
In a latest development, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced that government will no longer fund supporters’ groups to international competitions and tournament, in a bid to curb such situations.
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