Black Stars captain Andre Ayew has added his voice to social media calls for police to free the fan who invaded the pitch during Ghana’s 2-0 win against South Africa in an AFCON 2021 qualifier on Thursday.
Awal Suleman, 25, was arrested and sent to police cells after he interrupted the game at the Cape Coast Sports stadium towards the end of the match.
Police have since commenced investigations into his stunt, and say he will be prosecuted for his behavior.
Suleman’s prosecution is set to start on Monday.
People took to social media to urge authorities not to punish him, with the hashtag #FreeAwal trending on Twitter on Friday night.
Ayew, who made his 85th appearance in the game against Bafana Bafana, has since added his voice to the calls, urging authorities to “temper justice with mercy”.
He posted on his Twitter handle:
The Black Stars have been training at the Madina Zurak Park and will fly out to Sao Tome and Principe on Sunday ahead of Monday’s second Afcon 2021 qualifier against the Central African side.