Awal Suleman, a 25-year-old man, who was arrested on Thursday, November 14, for breaching security protocols and invading the Cape Coast stadium during a 2021 AFCON qualifier between the Black Stars and South Africa has been released, ABC News can report.
The young man, who has been reported to be a student at the Nalerigu College of Nursing in the Northern Region and a former 400m athlete at his high school, was released early hours of Saturday.
In a short Facebook post confirming his release, Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Kurk Okraku, stated, “Our brother awal in the company of Mr. Robert Duncan, Chairman, Central Region Football Association…Thanks to the Police service for the high level of professionalism. Still #BringBackTheLove”
Awal Suleman, on Thursday, had explained in a short media interview that he missed opportunities to take a photograph with Partey when the Black Stars team made stops through the Cape Coast township before the match. “All I wanted was a selfie,” he said.
Many took to social media to urge authorities not to punish him, with the hashtag #FreeAwal trending on Twitter on Friday night.
Adding his voice to the calls, Black stars captain, Dede Ayew, urged the authorities to “temper justice with mercy”
The Black Stars match with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa ended in a 2-0 win for Ghana.
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Here are some reactions from social media users after the release: