I love Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.
President Wade is lending his presidential jet to fans so they can fly to Ghana and watch Senegal's opening African Cup of Nations game, the Sports Ministry said on Thursday. Senegal play their opening Group D match against Tunisia on Jan. 23 in Tamale.
You think President Bush would do that for me?
"The supporters will leave on board the presidential plane, which will do two trips to Ghana on the 21 and 22 of January," the ministry said in a statement.
With many ordinary Africans unable to afford airfares and road transport across West Africa, dangerous because of poor routes and banditry, many fans risk missing the opportunity to see their sides in action.
Neighboring Guinea has canceled buses supposed to ferry fans to Ghana because of concerns about road safety in war-divided northern Ivory Coast.
Senegal, who beat Benin 2-1 in a warm-up match on Wednesday, has set up a camp in Tamale to accommodate some 425 fans.
The Sports Ministry will provide some money for living expenses for Senegalese who travel to support the national team: two million CFA francs ($4,469) for fans in Ghana and a total of five million for fans from Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin and Guinea Bissau.
So they're paying fans to go? Oh, is this a dream or what?