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In a recent development at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023) in Ivory Coast, over 300 supporters of Ghana’s national football team, the Black Stars, who had threatened to return to Ghana due to unmet expectations, have each received $400. These supporters, transported by the Ghanaian government to cheer for the Black Stars, expressed frustration on Monday, January 15, about the lack of coordination and support from the organizing bodies.
Initially, the group faced challenges with logistical arrangements, prompting a collective threat to abandon their cheering duties and head back home. Their grievances centered around perceived neglect from the officials in charge of their well-being during the tournament. In response to their vocal dissatisfaction, negotiations were held to address the concerns of these passionate fans.
A journalist traveling with the supporters group told Citi Eyewitness News that, following the threat to expose the officials’ shortcomings and the subsequent negotiations, each supporter was paid $400. This move was seen as a way to assuage the disgruntled group and ensure their continued support for the national team.
The journalist added, “There is good news. Yesterday after the story broke, around midnight, in fact, most of us here went to sleep before the officials came, and they came to call us and they gave us what we were due.” When asked if all supporters received the same amount, the journalist confirmed that, to their knowledge, supporters in different accommodations received similar payments.
This situation highlights the challenges and complexities involved in organizing international sporting events and underscores the importance of ensuring adequate support for those who play a crucial role in creating a vibrant and engaging atmosphere at such tournaments.