Accra Great Olympics marksman Abel Manomey has said, he was denied a UK Visa due to his low wage and which he described as “senseless”.
The prodigy who spent most of his time on the sidelines due to injury, expressed his frustration after being denied entry to UK.
He says he cannot be blamed for the decision of the High Commission, considering the low wages received by numerous locally based players.
Excerpts in his latest series, dubbed ‘the life of a local based player’ reads:
“On 17th October, 2017, I applied for UK visa through the TLS contact with a reference: GWF045704078 so I could visit my senior brother in the United Kingdom for
his graduation ceremony and also spend the Christmas holidays as well.
“I received a text message via my email address on 6th November,2017 that my passport and other supporting documents which included a letter of introduction
from the Ghana Football Association and the invitation from my brother had arrived back from the British councilor for collection.
“I was denied visa at the end and these were the reasons:1.My monthly salary was low which was below 120 pounds.
2.I have no property or asset in Ghana.
3.By his Grace I have travelled to countries outside Ghana, with my ties with these countries, the fear is that I will not return after I have exhausted my stay at the United Kingdom.
“I felt disappointed because the reasons given to me did not make sense in my thinking. The positives I took from this experience is that, if I was paid a good salary which is equivalent to 500 pounds, where I could have acquired a house and a car from my signing on fees and salaries, it could have been an asset or property which could have met the requirements,” Manomey fumed.