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Sports News of Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Source: GNA

Nigerians are not heckling Ghanaians

Accra, Feb 05, GNA- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and NEPAD on Tuesday discounted media reports of heckling and intimidation of Ghanaians residing in Nigeria
Following Ghana's Black Stars victory over Nigeria's Super Eagles in last Sunday's 26t MTN Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals match, there were rumours that Ghanaian were being attacked in Nigeria. The Sector Minister, Mr. Akwasi Osei Adjei, in a statement in Accra said: "The Ministry wishes to inform the general public, that the Ghana High Commission in Abuja, as well as the Consulate of Ghana in Lagos have been contacted over these allegations and have received assurances that no such incidents have been reported."
The Minister said the Nigerian High Commission in Accra had corroborated that no such hecklings had occurred.
Mr Osei Adjei advised media practitioners to exercise great decorum in their reportage and desist from creating unnecessary panic in the wake of an encounter characterized by sportsmanship between the players, camaraderie and brotherliness by supporters at the stadium.
"The Ministry appeals to all concerned to ensure that we make the 26th MTN Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2008 Tournament an event that ignites passion, African unity and love," the statement said.