Reports emerging from Ghana say Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye smuggled supporters to Mozambique to support the Black Stars during the second leg of the 2017 Afcon qualifier.
Despite the fact that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, had recommended that supporters must not be sponsored by the state to any Black Stars game outside the country, GHANAsoccernet.com say Supporters of the Millennium Supporters Union were carried to Mozambique to support the Black Stars during the game and investigations conducted by the media outfit has revealed that the 20-man contingent who went to Maputo were under the sponsorship of the Sports Minister.
A member of the Millennium Supporters Union who spoke on the basis of anonymity narrated that they were given the green light by the Ghana Sports Minister to join the chattered flight for the trip.
“We went to the Ghana FA President to see whether we could get the chance to join the team for the trip. He told us that he was not in charge so we should talk to the Sports Minister.
“So we went to the Minister and told him. He told us that we should wait for him to talk to the travel agent. Later we had a call that we should bring ten members. As for the ten other members we don’t know where they came from.” the source stated.
The source went on further to reveal that the flight was delayed before they left Ghana for Maputo because the supporters were late. Some members of the team affirmed the assertion of the source by saying that the Travel and Tour agent, Travel Matters Limited, had called on the contingent to exercise a bit of patience as they wait for the supporters since Minister had ordered him to take them along.
The agent Ivan, is reported to have said: “Please let’s wait for them for a while. I will be reprimanded by the Minister if we leave without them. He specifically called me to take them along.”
Further revelations were that each of the 20-man contingent who went on the trip was given $500 on the directive of the Minister to use for their upkeep for the two day stay in Maputo.
Meanwhile, the minister is reportedly claiming in a section of the media that he knew nothing about the supporters’ movement to Maputo.