Just this week, social media was awash with news of a Ghanaian Chelsea fan who presented a customised smock to Chelsea’s Champions League-winning star, N’Golo Kanté.
The all-blue smock which has N’Golo Kanté’s name and jersey number, number 7 inscribed at the back was presented to the star by Abu Bakr Bapube.
Although little was known about the fan who made the presentation on behalf of all Chelsea fans in Ghana in the media landscape when the picture went viral, your authoritative and trusted source, GhanaXtra.Com has picked details about him.
Details about the supporter
The supporter’s full name is Abdul-Mumin Bapube Abubakar, a native of Lambussie in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
He started his basic school at Zabrama Roman Catholic primary school in Pru West District of the Bono East Region before proceeding to Sakafia Islamic School, Sawaba, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
He is a product of Tamale Secondary School in the Northern Region and the Navrongo Campus of the University of Development Studies(UDS) where he graduated with a BSc in Financial Mathematics.
He holds MSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Westminster, London, and is currently a final year doctoral candidate at the University of West Scotland, London Campus.
Meeting N’Golo Kanté
According to Abdul-Mumin, he first met N’Golo Kanté in 2018 at a Mosque during asr prayers. They took selfies and have become friends since then.
The relationship between the pair grew from then as they will always talk about Chelsea after prayers.
He reveals that N’Golo Kanté will always enquire about him from the Imam if he does not see him during prayers.
Presentation of the smock
The customised smock was a surprised present Abdul-Mumin had arranged from Ghana purposely for N’Golo Kanté. It arrived in London way back in February 2021 and he was waiting for the best opportunity to present it to the star.
Reaction after receiving the Smock
According to Abdul-Mumin Bapube Abubakar, N’Golo Kanté was surprised and grateful for the present and would not stop saying thanking until they departed.
N’Golo Kanté off the pitch
In the words of Abdul-Mumin, N’Golo Kanté is down to earth as he will always smile at you when he meets you at the Mosque. He describes him as a simple person who respects every individual.
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