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Manchester United’s Harry Maguire accepts Ghana MP’s apology for ridicule

Manchester United footballer Harry Maguire accepted an apology on Wednesday from a Ghanaian MP who insulted him during a budget discussion last year.

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Opposition member Isaac Adongo contrasted Vice-President Mahamadu Bawumia’s economic administration of the beleaguered West African nation to Maguire’s on-field performance.

Adongo compared Bawumia to Maguire in a speech that was extensively shared on social media last year, describing Maguire as “the biggest threat at the heart of the Manchester United defense.”

The remark was part of a larger speech in which Bawumia was accused of mismanaging the economy and inflicting suffering on Nigerians.

Ghana is grappling with its worst economic crisis in a generation brought on by spiraling public debt, which has triggered rampant inflation and weakened the local currency.

In a similar debate on the 2024 budget on Tuesday, Adongo said Maguire had “turned the corner” and took back his analogy.

“I now apologise to Harry Maguire,” Adongo said. “He is a transformational footballer… now scoring goals for Manchester United.”

Maguire accepted the apology in a post on X on Wednesday.

“See you at Old Trafford soon,” he wrote, referring to the home of Manchester United.

But he did not relent in his criticism of Bawumia, accusing him of “roaming” around the International Monetary Fund (IMF) “with a cup in hand”.

Ghana’s government turned to the IMF for help last year. The Fund approved a three-year, $3 billion program in May, with an immediate disbursement of $600 million.

Bawumia heads the government’s economic management team as has been selected as the ruling party candidate for 2024 elections.