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SCANDAL: 200 Ghana football fans seek asylum in Brazil after World Cup elimination

Hundreds of Ghanaians who entered Brazil as tourists to watch World Cup games have asked for asylum, police in southern Brazil said Thursday.

hana soccer fans wave Ghana’s national flag in the stands before a World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal.

Hundreds of Ghanaians who entered Brazil as tourists to watch World Cup games have asked for asylum, police in southern Brazil said Thursday.

Noerci da Silva Melo who heads the Federal Police office in the city of Caxias do Sul said that over the past week 200 Ghanaians asked for asylum.

This comes just two weeks after Ghana was eliminated from the tournament which will end on Sunday.

 

The Justice Ministry will decide whether to grant their requests and in the meantime, they are allowed to work and circulate in Brazil.

The Justice Ministry did not immediately comment.

But most of these fans were sent to Brazil under the sponsorship of the Ghana government and they have decided not to return home but to seek asylum.

Melo said close to 150 of the Ghanaians have left Caxias do Sul for the states of Sao Paulo and Santa Catarina where they have a better chance of finding employment.

Melo said the Ghanaians said they were Muslims who were “fleeing the violent conflicts between different Muslim groups.”

He said they all entered Brazil legally to watch their country’s team play in Natal, Fortaleza and Brasilia. Ghana finished last in its group, losing to the United States and Portugal and reaching a draw with Germany.

Vanessa Perini Moojen of the Roman Catholic Church’s Migrant Support Center said the asylum-seekers “faced life-threatening situations back home.” She would not elaborate.

“They feel they can find work and better living conditions in Brazil,” she added.

The center provided temporary shelter for the Ghanaians at the city’s seminary and helped them prepare their asylum requests.

READERS COMMENTS

    • OGYA says:

      This is a total disgrace to Ghana, since the election of this MAHAMA guy, He has shown himself to be incompetent and weak, having no control of people he had put in power and now Ghanaians defecting to Brazil of all places? Not that he is more incompetent than Kuffour but at least Kuffour was able to look presidential while still stealing anyway.

      Mahama should ignore FIFA and force election to topple Nyantakyi from the GFA or if Nyantakyi runs again the government should make sure he does not win. The GFA needs to be cleaned from the ground up. For him to sit back looking like a coward while Nyantakyi keeps mouthing up in the media as if he is more powerful than the President of Ghana is beyond me. Something has to be done to remove him to reinstate confidence in the GFA.

      Nigeria once again is showing leadership by standing up to FIFA.

  1. Assisi says:

    Mahama please improve the Ghanaian economy and security in order to stop our citizens from seeking asylum in countries like Brazil. I know the argument here is about improving the economy.

  2. coach says:

    What kind of madness is this? These people are fools, what is in Brazil? I thought you will seek asylum in US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and the likes. There is more poverty in Brazil than Ghana

    • spellBOUND says:

      oh masa say that again. have they seen the slums of brazil? these people are naive towards the poverty of brazil. After their eyes have been opened to the reality some of these people will be begging to go back to ghana. Anyway, good luck to them in their endeavors.

    • TNT says:

      I totally agreed with you my brother.What is in Brazil indeed?even for those of us who do not travel outside Ghana at least reading on maps and other social networks can know that there nothing in Brazil.

  3. coach says:

    Why didn’t you wait to seek asylum in Canada at the upcoming U20 women’s WC?

  4. OGYA says:

    This is a total disgrace to Ghana, since the election of this MAHAMA guy, He has shown himself to be incompetent and weak, having no control of people he had put in power and now Ghanaians defecting to Brazil of all places? Not that he is more incompetent than Kuffour but at least Kuffour was able to look presidential while still stealing anyway.

    Mahama should ignore FIFA and force election to topple Nyantakyi from the GFA or if Nyantakyi runs again the government should make sure he does not win. The GFA needs to be cleaned from the ground up. For him to sit back looking like a coward while Nyantakyi keeps mouthing up in the media as if he is more powerful than the President of Ghana is beyond me. Something has to be done to remove him to reinstate confidence in the GFA.

    Nigeria once again is showing leadership by standing up to FIFA.

  5. coach says:

    My brother, Mahama is a talking president; he is so incompetent just like AA, very clueless, all he does is talking and promising in vain. Things are getting from bad to worse under his stewardship, in my opinion, he is the worse president Ghana has ever had. I have regretted voting for him

  6. six says:

    Why is everything mahama’s fault. If a few fools decide to do something why would you blame it on Mahama?

  7. muneer says:

    you stupid who will give u canadian visa,u and ur stupid mahama where thier embazling society funds in brazil,u are now opening ur dirty mouth what is brazil quasia,shege jm

  8. muneer says:

    stupid man like jhon mahama,brazil visa is free and they said they will sponsore som supproter to brazil,each supporter paid 150dollers b4 he came to brazil stupid man talking abt cabada how much is canada again,no ligth no food,no water,embazling our money,look the situation ghana is,but look at our president how is getting fat,shege mugu

  9. banger says:

    O GHANA GHANA GHANA.ARE U FUCKIN KIDDIN ME.DO THEY KNO HOW MUCH POVERTY IS IN BRAZIL.THIS IS SOO SAD.THE NXT WCUP DO U REALLY THINK RUSSIA WILL ALLOW GHANAIANS IN THEIR COUNTRY.HELL NO.COS THEY KNO ONCE AFRICANS ARE ALLOWEDALLOWED
    IN THE COUNTRY THEY WILL NEVER LEAV.SO SO SAD.ONLY IN GH.SOO PETHETIC

    • SHANGO says:

      banger, I am hungry, please can I wash your car for some peanuts to eat. I beg you massa. Any way after eating ,meet me at bukom square for some hot exchange of blows, If you are Philipo Inzaghi of Adabraka, I am also Francesco Totti of bukom.

  10. Yahuza musah says:

    Why are dis gays using Islam as their excuse to seek asylum.This gays are mad.Totally mad

  11. selfmade says:

    Animuguase akwaabaa! Smfh! If u have a poor gov, this is what happens! This government has been the most useless gov ever in Ghana and the shame they have brought to this country is unprecedented!

    So the NDC FOOT SOLDIERS who voted this inept and timid people into gov has vamoosed to leave behind their poor or latives to face these hardships? God ll punish these people because they voted like animals!

    I hope the Brazilian gov deny them residential stay and repatriate all of them back to this failed state to face their own venomous gov!

    Yes they are all NDC FOOL SOLDIERS because according to the deputy sports minister, only NDC cadres and fool soldiers were sent to Brazil and these people and their government has fail this beautiful nation!

    Ignorance is venomous and it kills the soul! Is just like a virus that murders the soul without a control and that’s what a lot of Ghanaian voters are!

  12. selfmade says:

    This is what happens when a country falls into the hands of SO CALLED FOOT SOLDIERS AND CADRES! This is what happens when any low lying dirty bastard calling himself NDC foot soldier becomes a first class citizen regardless of his educational background!!

    This is what happens when a country relegates it educated human resources to the background and rather relies on FOOT SOLDIERS! Mahama has been globally disgraced and he derserves it!

    Until he do the right thing by firing the Elvis and his deputy from his gov and prosecute them, this man has done a big damage to ghana and his government!

    Mahama has been disgraced and there is nothing that can restore his integrity! They have taken their FOOT SOLDIERS to international arena without thinking about it and it has BACKFIRES on their faces!

    Mahama, ANKRAH, yanmin and their FOOL SOLDIERS HAS DISGRACED US FINALLY!

  13. Milky says:

    This is a shame. I also came to watch the world cup and I am still in Brazil till the finals. I will however be going back home in a few days. Life here doesn’t look like it any better than life in Ghana. The poor is really poor and they live in dangerous areas. At one of the Ghana games, I met some Ghanaian who said they plan to stay after the world cup and then get a visa to move to the US because its really easy to get a visa Brazil than in Ghana. I told them, its not going to be any easier for them since they will still be Ghanaian.
    Anyway this people are lying, they are just playing the system so that they can use Brazil to get to the US. They already came to Brazil with this plan in mind. I think Brazil is in the process of joining the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
    But we should blame our government for making life in Ghana hell! We have the resources but bad leadership has made leaving in Ghana hell. Just as we have good soccer players, but bad leadership/ management and coaching failed us!

  14. Alex zz says:

    I am ashamed to to be Ghanaian.Kweku Bonsum n now this.Kwasea!

  15. benito says:

    If these shameless NDC foot soldiers knew the hunger that is awaiting them in Brazil ‘ they wouldn’t try that asylum crap.is Brazil better than Ghana? What a disgrace!

  16. banger says:

    SHANGO PLS DNT START WITH ME TODAY PLS I BEG. AM IN A GOOD MOOD.COS YOUR SISTER IS CMIN OVER TO MY HOUSES SO PLS.AFTER AM DONE WITH HER I WILL GIVE HER TEN CEDIS TO GIVE IT TO U.U KNO WHAT I CHANGED MY MIND SHE IS TOO UGLY 4 MY LIKIN SO I WILL JUS PASS HER TO MY FRIENDS ON GSN.THEY CAN ALL TAKE TURNS

  17. jeff says:

    Oh oh oh oh oh,nowander we have alot of gjanians here in SA,busy contaminating our southern Region please go back to your country and develop your own.

  18. Favoured man says:

    The best place to seek asylum is in the Scandinavia or Canada.
    In Brazil, its a failed part to do so.

  19. voice in the widerness says:

    I didn’t know there were conflicts amongst our muslim brothers in Ghana.
    Nice payoff for NDC foot soldeirs. Fire on the mountains, fire down below, oh fire, fire, fire down below.(repeat). Edey be k3k3, ok one touch.

  20. Kwabena says:

    There so many Ghanaians in Moroccan hoping for a window to ljump into Spain where life is not easy at all.This govn is making lot of pple to look for a way out of Ghana…why you ask ,Becos of the lousy govn policies in place.

  21. Garbby, Toronto. says:

    It’s good at least NDC will be short of 200 votes.

  22. anelka says:

    I didn’t kno there were conflics beetween our muslim brothers either in ghana, this is ridiculous.brasil is dead zone for asylum seeking, anyway is lack of education i presume.

  23. mahama amadu says:

    My freind a FOOL will not tink but to de mouth at any degrees n insult may God forgive u.

  24. bazzels says:

    Can anyboby tell which part of Ghana mulsims are fighting oh why do this shameless idiots want to use the name of islam for their selfish interest.oh Allah will surly bring them back home looking west of tham they went to Brazil

  25. Tony says:

    Too bad that the BS is being used as a passport for our fake supporters.2013 AFCON they did same in SA.

  26. ulric says:

    It’s quite unfortunate for Ghanaian citizens, don’t they watch the news? we all saw how Brazilians citizens were protesting against the Brazil World Cup 14, they were all complaining and fighting due to poor government in Brazil. Some Brazilian citizens were complaining because of the huge amount of money that was spent just to host the world cup when there is no good schools, hospitals and infrastructures. So, now stupid Ghanaian are claiming asylum in Brazil when the Brazilian citizens are not well looked after. It’s a big shame to Ghanaian Government. what a shame. Brazil of all countries, lol!!!

  27. Donti Simon says:

    Look at their dirty faces in Brazil…!! If Ghana is not good enough for you people, come home and make it better. What if all Ghanaians had gotten the free visa to the FIFA WC at Brazil, should we have remain afterwards and live on the burden of the Brazilian gov’t? Upon all the free visa to Brazil, you some foolish supporters disgrace the great nation like Ghana!!!

  28. Zambia Soccerman says:

    Useless country, useless people. You did the same when you came to ndola and more so,your players were shitting in the dressing room because they had never seen a beautiful modern stadium before.This does not come as a surprise to an normal person, should it? This is how Ghana people in General are!

  29. Kspdove says:

    Oh,am veri sad abt de news,Moda Ghana wats happenin.God pls save Ghana and rain ur fire on our irresponsible leaders.