English and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has forgiven Ghanaian legislator, Hon Issac Adongo for mocking him some time ago.
It follows the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central Constituency in the Upper East Region’s recent public apology to the once under-fire player in Parliament.
On the floor of Parliament while debating the government’s 2024 Budget Statement and Economic Policy earlier this week, he apologized to the player noting he had “turned the corner” as he had mocked him as “the biggest threat at the centre of the Manchester United defence” while comparing him to Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
In his apology, he said, “If you remember last year, I was very quick to compare [vice-president] Mahamudu Bawumia to Harry Maguire. Mr Speaker, I now apologise to Harry Maguire. Mr Chairman, you got very angry when I used your defender as an example. Today, Maguire has turned the corner, he’s a transformational footballer.”
“Harry Maguire is now scoring goals for Manchester United. Mr Speaker Harry Maguire is now a key player for Manchester United, as for our Maguire, he is now roaming in the high heavens with a cup in hand. As for our Maguire, the economic Maguire, he was able to get pensioners to leave their homes and come and parade in the streets.”
Reacting to the trending video, the defender said he had accepted the apology.
He commented, “MP Issac Adongo apology accepted. See you at Old Trafford soon.”
Maguire in his torrid moments at United, was not a subject of ridicule by fans in his country alone but across the world due to his tradition of aiding opponents with goals. He subsequently fell out with fans and Manager Erik ten Hag and lost the captain’s band.
In Ghana’s Parliament about this time last year, he was compared to Dr Bawumia who was also accused of “scoring own goal” for the world with bad economic policies despite his “economic mantra”.
At the time, Ghana was racing against time to pass some policies in the budget for a US$ 3 million International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout.