|Stranded fans loitering outside the Accra Stadium.|
Black Stars fans who thronged the Accra Sports Stadium last Wednesday to watch the team train were left stranded outside the walls of the stadium after security personnel demanded they purchased tickets for the First Capital Plus Premier League clash between Accra Hearts of Oak and Inter Allies later in the day before they would be permitted into the stadium.
The fans were caught off-guard as the security insisted they were only enforcing a directive from the Hearts management who feared the fans would remain in the stadium to watch the league match without paying.
An estimated 400 fans, eager to watch Ghana’s provisional World Cup squad at train, were compelled to pay GHc4 for the Hearts-Inter Allies match tickets to gain access to the stadium.
Muheeb Saeed, Public Relations Officer of Hearts, told Graphic Sports that tickets sale for last Thursday’s 28th week game was due to begin at 12 noon and if fans were allowed to have free access to the stadium before gates officially opened, attendance to the game would be disrupted.
“We are not cashing in on the Black Stars; our position is that it will be impossible to eject fans after the Stars finish training around 12.00pm. So we are asking the fans to co-operate by purchasing the tickets which entitle them to a Hearts reserve team clash against Allies and the league game itself,” he explained.
However the move backfired as a few fans stayed behind for the Hearts - Allies. Hearts won the game 1-0.