Rapper Michael Owusu Addo, known in showbiz as Sarkodie has pledged to donate $200 to support bring home a Ghanaian player who has allegedly been reported dead in Russia after collapsing during a training session.
The pledge was made on Thursday, August 23, 2018 during Peace FM’s afternoon sports show, Peace Power Sports.
Speaking to The Probe on sidelines of events, Head of Sports at Peace FM, Dan Kwaku Yeboah, explained that: “The player is called Jonathan Joe Mensah, he played Gomoa Fetteh Feyenoord, played in Holland for some time and eventually played ASEC Mimosas.”
According to Mr. Yeboah, during the 2018 world cup in Russia, Joe Mensah [the deceased] and Mark Sekyere, former Kotoko player, went to Russia to watch the world cup and then find a team to play afterwards.
Mr. Yeboah explained that Mark Sekyere phoned Joe Mensah’s [the deceased] mother and told her that they were once training when her son collapsed and was, moments after, carried away in an ambulance.
After that phone call Mark Sekyere made to the deceased mother, he [Mark Sekyere] has not been heard again, the award winning sports journalist Dan Kwaku Yeboah indicated.
“The Russians have since been calling the mother asking her to give them the authority to bury her son but she declined,” Mr. Yeboah stated.
He said the mother declined, saying she wants to be sure it is the son they are talking about, because since the son travelled she has not heard anything about him.
According to Mr. Yeboah, the mother requested they send her a video or pictures for her to confirm it is the son, “but the Russians said per their laws when a person dies they don’t take pictures of him or something.
“So, it was either the mother will find money, go there and stand in for them to bury the son or the body will be sent to her. And we’ve had discussions with Foreign Affairs and now seeking donations from individuals to assist the mother go there or they bring the body home,” he explained.
Some individuals have since donated some amount and ‘Sarkodie heard and said he’ll give $200 which is yet to come from him,’ Mr Yeboah said.
However, those who wish to make donations for that course could contact Dan Kwaku Yeboah on 054 778 2082.