The Ghana High Commission in Pretoria with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on December 14, 2015 successfully repatriated 21 Ghanaian children back to Ghana after they were abandoned in South Africa last year by Samuel Nana Asiedu, a soccer agent.
The minors aged between 9 and 17, were brought to South Africa in two batches by the Decent Soccer Academy in Ghana and handed over to Mr. paddy Khelo, owner of the Soshanguve Sunshine Football Club and the Christian Progressive College to participate in alleged soccer trials whereas no such thing took place rending the children illegal and stranded.
The children were escorted by the Operations Manager of IOM, Mr. Sam Ngaira Omollo and an official from the Ghana High Commission.
In view of this, the Ghana High Commission wishes to advise the general public of the existence of such scheme being carried out by purported football academies.
The High Commissioner, H.E Kwesi Ahwoi thanked IOM for their support through the process.
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