Ukraine-Based Ghanaian Football Player Yakubu Cries For Help Following Russia Invasion

The Ghanaian international who plays for Ukrainian top-flight league side, Vorskla Poltava is now living in fear especially when it is unclear if there will be further attacks.

“Yesterday when I went to training, everything was fine. This morning, I woke up to the news [of the attack]. They sent an emergency message that there wouldn’t be training and that we should stay at home and be safe. I called my friends in the city that was attacked and they said this is not a movie, it’s serious,” Najeeb Yakubu told Citi Sports.

He continued, “I am about an hour and a half away from Kharkiv, a city that’s been attacked. We’re just confused and we’re stuck here. Nothing is working; no banks, trains, taxis, airports or restaurants, nothing.”

“Everything is finished in the shops. We don’t know what to do. We have to move as soon as possible but how can we? We are stuck here,” the 21-year-old said.

Yakubu has been in Ukraine for the past four years.

“There’s not enough [groceries]. You can’t get enough because before you get to the shops, it’s almost done. So you have to pick a few things and leave some for someone else so that everyone can get something.”

“[What I have is enough for] maybe two, three days I think. If they restock, I can go get some more foodstuffs, but I really don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow or the day after,” added the 21-year-old.

“I don’t know if someone would be willing to sacrifice and take us there. It’s hard, we don’t know what to do.”

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