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Sports News of Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Source: Pulse Ghana

Social media trolls ex-Ghana goalkeeper George Owu for alleged age cheating after turning 38

Former Black Stars goalkeeper George Owu has gone viral on Twitter for the wrong reason on his 38th birthday.

Owu, born on 7th July 1982 marked his 38th birthday on Tuesday 7th July 2020.

However, Twitter users have expressed surprise at his age and he has been accused of alleged age cheating.

This has cast doubt over the age of the former Asante Kotoko’s goalie in a country that has previously recorded cases of age cheating among sportsmen.

However, a look at the ages of his playing mate at the 2001 World Youth Championship such as Sulley Ali Muntari, Michael Essien, John Paintsil, Derek Boateng suggests they are in a similar age bracket.

George Owu was a member of the Black Satellites team that placed second in the 2001 World Youth Championship, which is now the FIFA U-20 World Cup when he was 19 years.

During the tournament Paintsil was 20, Owu was 19, Muntari 16 and Essien and Boateng 18 years.

George Owu was also a member of the Black Stars team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup staged in Germany.

He has had spells with Hasaacas, Asante Kotoko, Ashanti Gold, etc.

Here are some of the comments people posted on Twitter on George Owu's 38th birthday: