Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated June 11, 2020
After being stuck in Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport for over two months, Ghanaian footballer Randy Juan Muller is finally at ease in a hotel and waiting for international flights to resume so that he can finally go back home. The 23-year-old’s plight was brought to the fore when a local journalist shared his appeal for help and tagged the Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray who is also the president of Mumbai District Football Association.
Muller came to India on November 7, 2019 for a six-month contract to play soccer in Kerala for ORPC Sports. He tried to return to Ghana on in March but a 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced and international arrivals and departures were canceled.
Running short on cash, the footballer decided to sleep in the departures hall of Mumbai’s international airport until the international flights resumed. However, the lockdown kept being extended. Muller contacted the Ghanaian Consulate in Mumbai but was told nothing could be done during the lockdown. He said the people at the airport were very helpful. “They gave me food and helped me a lot,” he said.
Muller took to Twitter to share his ordeal at the suggestion of a security officer. This caught the attention of a local journalist who shared his tweets with Aaditya Thackeray, the son of the Maharashtra chief minister. Now, the Ghanaian footballer is staying in a hotel.