Ghana supporters set India airport alight

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The supporters moments after touching down at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Twenty-one members of Ghana supporters on Tuesday arrived in Mumbai ahead of the epic round of 16 clash with the Menas of Niger at the FIFA U-17 World Cup currently on-going in India.

The group, made up of mostly cheer leaders, trumpeters and drummers held the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, to a standstill for well over half an hour as they dished various renditions akin to them, leaving travellers with no choice than pull out their phones to video the unfolding spectacle with others requesting photo opportunities with the group.

Security detail on duty were not left out as they stood aloof and enjoyed the well-choreographed movement and singing, led by national teams’ entertainer Joseph Tagoe, popularly known as Baby Joe.

Indeed, the ‘show’ put on by the supporters at the airport frontage attracted lots of travellers and workers, forcing the security to move in to curtain their activities after which they were whisked away to their hotel.

General secretary of the Ghana Supporters Group, Kassim Awal Osuman, told the Times Sports that “what was witnessed at the airport was just a tip of the ice berg as they have much more under their sleeve for the team in the tournament.”

“We are here to lead a massive Ghanaian presence to beat the rest of teams we come up against until we win the trophy.”

According to him, “we realised that the boys were missing our presence from the stands hence we appealed to the sector ministry to fly us here to do what we do best.”

“We are prepared to give 90 minutes of unalloyed support. We want them to feel at home and play their normal game by going all out and grabbing qualification to the final.”

The group games have seen them play games many Ghanaians soccer fans know not of them, this is partly because they are yet to feel at home with the usual Ghanaian jama flavour around them and this is what we are here to offer them”, he stated.

While commending the ministry for deeming it fit to seeking corporate sponsorship to bring them over to help motivate the boys to achieve the ultimate success every Ghana is craving for, the general secretary noted that the present squad is the hope of ending the country’s long wait for a World Cup honour.

“Our belief in the Starlets is very strong and we know with our little effort from the stands, coupled with what has been transferred to them by the technical team, Ghana is going to make everybody proud here in India.”

FROM RAYMOND ACKUMEY, MUMBAI

 

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