A section of football fans from Ghana currently in Cote d’Ivoire for the African Cup of Nations tournament, the Ghana Supporters Union (GSU) has debunked media reports alleging they have been left stranded in Abidjan without stipends after being transported to support the Black Stars.
The GSU, officially recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), represents over 10 supporter groups whose members are currently accommodated at the Free World Hotel in Abidjan.
Addressing a press conference, GSU General Secretary Kassim Awal emphasized that all group members have received their stipends.
He clarified that approximately 210 supporters, were officially sponsored by the MOYS for the trip and all lodging costs were covered by the Ministry.
He alleged that allegations about their abandonment were made by an aggrieved member of the GSU who distanced himself from the group in the aftermath of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
4-time champions, The Black Stars of Ghana, will this evening lock horns with 7-time winners, the Pharaohs of Egypt, at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.
Both teams need to win desperately to enhance their chances of qualifying for the group stages.
Egypt drew with Mozambique in their opening game, while Ghana lost by a lone goal to Cape Verde in their match on Sunday.
Head Coach of the Black Stars, Chris Houghton, is under intense pressure to salvage a win and collect the maximum 3 points to lift the team from the bottom of Group B.
Head of Sports at Oman 107.1 FM, Yaw Asante-Yeboah, shared his views on tonight’s game and the chances of the Black Stars.
Today’s other matches will see the Elephants from the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire, take on the Super Eagles of Nigeria, while in the battle of the Guineas, Equatorial Guinea will face off with Guinea-Bissau at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan