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Sports News of Saturday, 16 November 2019


#FreeAwal trends as Ghanaians demand release of Cape Coast Stadium pitch invader

25-year-old Awal Suleman earned his five minutes of fame on Thursday night when he led security officials on a hilarious chase on the pitch of the Cape Coast Stadium.

That incident, however, landed him in jail and left him facing a public disturbance charge.

Awal had been fulfilling a dare as he had promised to complete the crazy celebration should Ghana win the match against South Africa by two goals to nil.

Jumping over the railings from the stands, Awal sprinted onto the pitch and evaded a number of the security officers who were chasing him.

With one officer in hot pursuit, he showed a clean pair of heels, and left the officer literally on the floor.

It was later revealed that Mr. Suleman was a 400m runner at Apam Senior High School.

Luck eventually ran out for Awal who was wearing a Chelsea jersey as he ran out of steam, stumbled and was tackled to the ground.

He was hauled off the pitch by the police and spent the night at the University of Cape Coast police station.

While the players stood around bemused, the fans in the stadium had cheered as the pitch invader made his way around the pitch.

And following the news that Awal faces prosecution, some people have taken to social media to demand his release with the hashtag #FreeAwal.

A number of people believe that Awal showed the love he had for the national team with his sprint and should be released given the GFA’s attempts to “bring back the love”.

Others felt that a pitch invader did not deserve the attention the police were giving him, looking at the number of bigger cases that exist.