COVID-19: Cape Coast pitch invader sheds off hooliganism; embraces patriotism and donates to community

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It is said that no matter how thin you cut it, it will always have two sides.

The statement is also true of the Cape Coast pitch invader who has only come to be known by many as nothing short of a mere troublemaker and a hooligan.

The 25-year-old health officer, Awal Suleman, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, has demonstrated he can be nationalistic too.

Awal Suleman as part of the national fight against the novel coronavirus has donated some improvised “veronica gallons” with bowls for hand-washing to some Zongo communities in Cape Coast, the capital city of the Central Region.

The beneficiary communities include Abura and Kotokuraba Zongo, his community.

The hand-washing logistics which have wooden stands will be situated at vantage points for use by community members, particularly children who he believes to be the most vulnerable.

The benevolent gesture which was done in collaboration with the Abraham Smile Foundation, an NGO is expected to help keep the deadly virus away from the said communities.

With full determination to keep the disease at bay, he said he will continue to flood the communities with more of such gallons.

Not only is he making donations for prevention of the disease, but he is also sensitizing the various communities.

The sensitization is a door-to-door education that includes proper ways of washing the hands and generally, how to stay safe.

Awal is making a passionate appeal to all well-meaning individuals to help push the cause.

He believes that “sometimes, it is the little things that we do that tend to make huge differences in the lives of people.”
“Stay home, stay safe but don’t forget to do the Awal mask too,” he added.

Awal Suleman jumped from the stands and sprinted across the Cape Coast Stadium at the dying minutes of the Black Stars AFCON qualifiers against South Africa, which match ended 2-0 in favor of Ghana.

His action landed him in court where he was fined GHC2,400.

Fast forward in March 2020, the entire nation has had to bear the brunt with a $10,000 fine by the Confederation of Africa Football for the incident.



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