The leader of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom had a bitter encounter with soccer fans over the weekend as they pelted stones and hurled insults at him during a football game played at a stadium incidentally built by his company Groupe Nduom.
The businessman had gone to the Elmina stadium to watch a match between Elmina Sharks and Ebusua Dwarfs who are both playing in the Division One league sponsored by his company GN Bank.
According to Dr. Nduom, it took the intervention of the police to prevent the prevent the unexpected as they had to chase away angry fans who broke through the perimeter fence to disrupt proceedings.
The 2012 PPP presidential hopeful vented his frustrations on his Facebook wall. Read his post below:
Football Match – Sharks Versus Dwarfs – We deserve better than this!
Just came back from a football match and unfortunately, stone throwing, insults and intimidation marred the beauty of it.
It started before the match began. I greeted Sharks fans and walked over to greet Dwarfs fans. Dwarfs’ fans greeted me with boos, insults and threw stones at me in the Stadium our Groupe Nduom company built in Elmina.
During the match these fans broke through the perimeter fence and had to be chased away by the police. Some of them did the usual, tried to turn this into an NDC versus PPP affair.
Why would a healthy competition turn this way? The GFA must discipline the league and the participants. Otherwise, why would anyone want to sponsor a team to play in the First Division League and why should I encourage GN Bank to continue to sponsor the league?
The match ended in a draw. But for the stones and chairs thrown and bad behavior, this would have been a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of good football played by two good teams.
Thousands of people from Elmina and Cape Coast deserve better than this.