Footballers attacked and robbed in Ghana

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Armed robbers attacked members of the Wa All Stars football club early Tuesday and subjected the players and officials to severe beating, snatching their mobile phones, cash and other valuables.

The Premier League campaigners from the country’s Upper West Region were traveling to the Ghanaian capital to honour their week 14 Onetouch Premier League match Wednesday against defending champions Accra Hearts of Oak.

Consequently, the Professional League Board (PLB) of the Ghana Football Association has postponed the match to 19 March to enable the players to get over the trauma.

The postponement is also to allow the injured players and their coach to recover from their predicament.

During the attack, which occurred at about 0200 GMT, head coach and a former skipper of the Black Stars, Emmanuel Quarshie, had a deep cut on his head, while the captain of the team and some players were also wounded by the robbers.

Narrating their ordeal, Maxwell Konadu, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the club, said their bus was compelled to stop around Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region, as they ran into a blockade mounted by about 10 robbers, armed with guns and machetes.

He said they were asked to disembark and lie prostrate in the street as they ransacked their luggage and pockets to dispossess them of the valuables on them.

The PRO said while they were being subjected to the horrific treatment, the robb ers noticed the headlights of an approaching vehicle and made for the bush with their booty, giving them the opportunity to continue with their journey.

He said the team then drove to Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, where they received medical attention at the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital before lodging a complaint with the Police.

Mr. Welbeck Abrah Appiah, chairman of the PLB, Wednesday sent the team a message of sympathy and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

He advised clubs to desist from travelling late at night to honour their matches . Panapress.

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