Gitmo ex-cons: We love Asamoah Gyan


Soccer News of Monday, 11 January 2016


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The two terror suspects, who have been relocated to Ghana for two years, from Guantanamo Bay, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, say they love skipper of Ghana’s national football team, Black Stars.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with GBC Radio’s Pascaline Adadevoh, Atef and Al-Dhuby said they also love the “good” people of Ghana, and thanked the President of the small West African country for accepting to host them for the next 24 months.

“We are really happy for the warm reception that Ghana has given us. I like Ghanaian people because they are very good people, they are very polite, we are very very excited to come here because we know some of the things about Ghana; first of all is Asamoah Gyan, we know him, we like him very much…even a lot of [the] detainees … like Ghanaians and as I told someone here [earlier], in 2010 [during] the world cup, most of the people there [Guantanamo Bay] – I can say all of us – we were with Ghana and when Ghana beat America, we were very happy.

The comments by the two come amidst remarks by an Islamic Scholar, Dr Mustapha Hamid that by dint of accepting the two ex-convicts, Ghana has now become a “legitimate target” of jihadists and terrorist groups in the world.