The package included Return Flight tickets via Emirates, accommodation for 10 nights with breakfast included each day, one additional meal per day, ground transportation within Abidjan, two days of tourism activities, match tickets for Ghana Group stage matches and a token of airtime for roaming Per diem. In an interaction with some of the customers, they expressed excitement about the trip and looking forward to new experiences.
Over 150 Ghanaian fans, stakeholders and football enthusiasts on Saturday morning departed Accra to Ivory Coast to support the Black Stars in the 2023 African Cup of Nations(AFCON). This was courtesy of an all-expenses paid trip by telecommunications giants, MTN as part of their support to the senior national team to make the nation proud at the continental showpiece.
It was all joy as the lucky fans and staff of MTN, boarded an Emirates flight straight to Abidjan for the 10-day trip to support the national team. It was also the largest number of supporters MTN was sending to any tournament. The gesture essentially served as a dream come true for many fans who would for the first time have the opportunity to be at the AFCON and cheer the gallant Black Stars on in all their three group matches.
Denzel Adjei, from Kumasi, said, “I am excited to be joining the supporters to cheer the Black Stars to victory. This is my first time going to the AFCON and looking forward to a wonderful experience.” On his part, Eben Odame from Accra who was lucky to be part of the MTN-sponsored trip for the second time after the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, said, he was delighted to be going for the African Cup.
“This is my first time going to AFCON and I would like to try the popular Ivorian food, like Acheke,” he stated. He added that he would be catching up with old school mates which would be additional fun. “I hope the Black Stars go past the group stages and make us proud. They have the quality to win the Afcon. Enough of the disappointment, they should bring back the love,” he stressed. For Kojo Shaddy, a student in Accra, the reactions at the stadium would make his trip after watching the same on television for a long time.
“I have never been to a stadium before. So this is a grand opportunity provided by MTN for me to travel. It’s amazing,” he stated. Abigail Amankwah who would also be at the tournament for the first time expressed gratitude to MTN for the opportunity, adding that she would relax and have a lot of fun hoping Ghana would bring the trophy home. Also, Aisha Osman who would be at the tournament for the second time said, she could not wait to get to Ivory Coast to cheer the Black Stars on to victory.
“I hope they qualify to the next stage so we can continue to support them. Thanks to MTN,” she added. The Black Stars would be hoping to lift the AFCON trophy for the first time in 42 years after several failed attempts. With the support from MTN and other stakeholders, many fans would be expecting the team led by Andre Dede Ayew to bring the trophy home.
Source: MTN Ghana