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30.05.2007 Sports News

Mourinho mobbed by fans in Ghana

By BBC
Mourinho mobbed by fans in Ghana

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was mobbed by Ghanaian fans as he arrived in the country for a five-day visit.

Mourinho is leading a delegation from the club on a visit to Ghana inspecting projects run by Right To Play, Chelsea's global charity partner.

It took him over an hour to leave the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Tuesday night.

Mourinho said: "I'm thrilled to be here for the charity, as my life is all about supporting the less privileged."

The fans turned up to greet the Portuguese coach and the rest of the delegation despite the fact that local hero Michael Essien was not on the same flight.

Essien is expected to join the delegation on Wednesday in the club's first visit to Africa.

"It's also great to come to the country of Essien, who is a very important for us," Mourinho added.

"It is a good feeling to come to Africa as I believe I am part of the continent because my wife comes from Angola.

"I hope that this visit can bring a lot of hope of many under-privileged children not only in Ghana and Africa but across the world."

During his trip Mourinho is expected to conduct training sessions for children in Accra and Tamale.

He will also hold coaching demonstrations for the Right To Play coaches who are integral to the charity's purpose of raising awareness about disease, war and poverty through sport.

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