Awal Suleman, the football-crazy fan who invaded the pitch during Ghana's 2-0 victory over South Africa on Thursday night has explained that he did so to grab a selfie with his idol Thomas Partey.
Suleman who is currently in the grips of law at the University of Cape Coast Police Station and being processed for court said he wanted an opportunity to take a selfie with the Atletico Madrid midfielder.
He told Joy News that he missed opportunities to take a photograph with Partey when the Black Stars team made stops through the Cape Coast township before the match.
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His cameo on the pitch in the dying embers of the game proved to be a captivating climax to the match.
Some social media users were especially intrigued by the pace he displayed when he made his way onto the pitch.
His evasive manoeuvres resulted in a security officer who was among a horde that were hot on his heels tripping over.
Suleman who is a Nursing student at the Nalerigu College of Nursing in the Northern Region confirmed that he an athlete during his time at Senior High School (SHS). Graphic Online gathers that he was a 400m runner at the Apam SHS.
Ghana won the tie courtesy goals by Partey and substitute Kudus Mohammed.