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Harry Maguire, the Manchester United footballer, has graciously accepted an apology from Ghanaian MP Isaac Adongo, who previously mocked him during a parliamentary debate on the

country's budget.

Last year, Adongo, an opposition lawmaker, drew a comparison between Vice-President Mahamadu Bawumia's economic handling in Ghana and Maguire's performance on the football field. Adongo's statement, widely circulated on social media, likened Bawumia's management to Maguire, labeling him as the "biggest threat at the center of the Manchester United defense." This analogy was part of a broader criticism of Bawumia's economic policies, highlighting hardships faced by citizens amid Ghana's severe economic crisis due to escalating public debt, inflation, and currency devaluation.

During a recent debate on the 2024 budget, Adongo retracted his analogy, acknowledging Maguire's improved performance. "I now apologize to Harry Maguire," Adongo expressed. "He is a transformational footballer... now scoring goals for Manchester United."

Maguire, in response, accepted the apology through a post on X, expressing his acceptance and hinting at a future meeting at Old Trafford, the stadium hosting Manchester United's matches.

However, Adongo persisted in his criticism of Bawumia, accusing him of seeking aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), referring to Bawumia "roaming" around the IMF "with a cup in hand." Ghana's government sought assistance from the IMF last year, securing a three-year, $3 billion program with an immediate disbursement of $600 million. Bawumia, leading the government's economic team, has been selected as the ruling party candidate for the upcoming 2024 elections. Photo by Ardfern, Wikimedia commons.