Sponsors' delegation hit by thieves


The delegation, along with some South African journalists, attended the fiesta’s opening ceremony and first match between Ghana and Guinea.

When they returned to their hotel in Accra, they found their rooms ransacked and some of their belongings gone. A number of passports, a laptop and other items were taken.

A statement issued by MTN’s Group Corporate Affairs Executive, Nozipho Bardill, and released in Accra on Tuesday said; “MTN fully appreciates the prompt response of the Ghanaian security agencies to investigate the theft, which occurred in a hotel in Accra.

“This unfortunate and isolated incident in no way affects the enthusiasm and commitment of MTN for the Afcon and our commitment to the success of the tournament in Ghana.”

Police have already arrested several thugs targeting fans in and around the stadiums in Ghana.

The majority have been pick pockets who take advantage of the pushing and shoving that occurs at the stadium gates.

A British journalist at the Group B game between Nigeria and the Ivory Coast in Sekondi on Monday had his wallet stolen with his credit cards and cash in it, as well as his mobile phone, while an Italian journalist had his mobile phone stolen in Accra on Sunday.

South African journalist Thahir Asmal was luckier as he had his cell phone returned after it was stolen.

“I was leaving the stadium after the Ghana-Guinea game and suddenly felt somebody taking my phone out of my pocket. I grabbed the guy who had it and he immediately dropped it and managed to run away.”