Some Ghanaian footballers including a former 2010 World Cup star have made a passionate appeal to the government to evacuate them from Ethiopia.
In the video, a defender at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Lee Addy and goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe say the players have squandered all their money since the season was truncated in March.
Muntari stressed that they (the players) are in possession of return tickets but they needed the assistance of the government to return to the country.
World Cup star Lee Addy said they had engaged the Ghanaian consulate in the country and he had asked them to $2,000 for them to be evacuated on a cargo plane.
The players disclosed their rent and work permits were due on June 30th and they will be thrown out of their apartments after the deadline.
The 2019–20 Ethiopian Premier League which started on November 2019 was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the results of matches already held were declared null and void.
Ethiopian clubs have found Ghana to be a happy hunting ground for talent in recent seasons.
There were eight players of Ghanaian origin in the Ethiopian topflight as at last season.
They include Edwin Frimpong (Saint George S.C.), Gabriel Ahmed and Osei Mawuli (Fasil Kenema S.C.), Kalusha Alhassan and Amos Acheampong (Mekelle 70 Enderta F.C.), Abdulatif Mohammed (Shire Endaselassie F.C.), Daniel Agyei (Sebeta City), Mohammed Muntari (Jimma Aba Jifar F.C.), Richmond Odongo (Dire Dawa City S.C.) and Bismarck Appiah (Hadiya Hossana FC).
Watch the video below;
Ghanaian players in Ethiopia say they are stranded and want govt help in coming back home.— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) June 23, 2020
They include Lee Addy who was part of the 2010 World Cup squad and goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe. pic.twitter.com/PsukGWYZv9