Ukraine-based Ghanaian defender Najeed Yakubu has shared his perspective, amidst fears about the present Ukraine and Russia crises after the latter invaded Ukraine with its full military and unleashed explosions in the country.
Yakubu has been based in Ukraine for the last four years.
The former Ghana U17 and U20 right-back Yakubu, who currently plays club football for Vorskla Poltava, is one of many frustrated Ghanaian nationals, including over 1000 students, caught up in Ukraine.
Yesterday when I went to training, everything was fine. This morning, I woke up to the news [of the attack]. They [club] 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,” Yakubu told Citi Sports immediately the near started.
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.
“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.”