21 Ghanaian children reunited with families

The minors, aged between 9 and 14, were told that they would participate in soccer trials in South Africa.

FILE: An investigation is underway to determine responsibilities and possible culpability.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African government, along with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has reunited 21 unaccompanied children with their families in Ghana after they were abandoned in South Africa earlier this year by a soccer agent.

The minors, aged between 9 and 14, were taken from their homes and told that they would participate in soccer trials but never returned to Ghana.

An investigation is underway to determine responsibilities and possible culpability.

The IOM's Marija Nikolovska says the organisation is pleased that the children are home in time for Christmas.

"The children were brought to South Africa by a soccer agent and they were supposed to participate in soccer trials to be chosen for some international teams. The agent failed to keep his promise and they were abandoned."