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Ghana's sports minister Ankrah and deputy fired over World Cup fiasco

Published on: 28 June 2014
ELvis Afriyie Ankrah has been fired as Ghana's sports minister

Ghana's President John Mahama has taken a bold decision by removing Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and his deputy in the wake of the country's disastrous outing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, can exclusively reveal.

The decision to remove the minister and his deputy Joseph Yamin from their positions comes just 48 hours after the country crashed out of the World Cup amid chaos in the camp over long overdue appearance fees for players which drew some worldwide embarrassment for the country.

The position will be taken over by Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga (MP) with a firebrand Vincent Oppong Asamoah named as his deputy as they seek to recover from the disgrace the bonus saga brought the country.

Ankrah, who is a powerful member of the ruling NDC party and played the key role of being President Mahama's successful election campaign, has been moved to the non-so-influential post of Minister at the Presidency while Yamin will go the the Ashanti Region as the deputy minister.

"President John Mahama has reassigned Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga (MP), to the Ministry of Youth and Sports. He replaces Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah who moves to the Presidency as a Minister of State," a statement from government communications exclusively seen by read.

"Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Joseph Yammin moves to the Ashanti Region to take over from Joseph Alexander Ackon who has been reassigned to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as the second deputy.

"Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Vincent Oppong Asamoah, will be moving to the Ministry of Youth and Sports as Deputy Minister."

Ankrah paid the price of the country's embarrassment at the World Cup as monies supposed to be paid to players before the start of the tournament was not paid by the government.

Players were patient and played their hearts out in their first two matches at the World Cup before threatening to pull the plug on the tournament knowing that their elimination could mean their monies will not be paid.

Ghana's players missed training in Brasilia on Tuesday before their final Group G match against Portugal on Thursday because of the row over fees.

Instead of playing football and preparing for the game, which they lost 2-1, the players held a series of meetings to discuss the matter and the nation's president, John Mahama, later stepped in to try to resolve the dispute.

The die was cast for Ankrah when the President stepped in to personally speak with the players while Yamin looks to have been removed because of his statements that monies to be paid to the Black Stars have been released by cash and airlifted to Brazil. This exposed the Black Stars to danger and also international ridicule.



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  • Assemblyman says:
    June 28, 2014 04:39 pm
    Massa,I will be doing that in December for sure,I will let you know.bad I have to return to Europe from Brazil.i have to go manage my business for a while before setting off to Uzbekistan ,Georgia Slovakia,and Armenia to spend time with my other mistresses as well as business interests,,else I would have changed tickets to Ghana. In December am sure the hardship will be tough in Ghana .so more reasons to demonstrate ..if they arrest or kill me,it will start a big revolution and it will set standards for leadership,economic management and politics in Ghana.its better to die a villain than a sure you know,sgt adjetey fio,corporal attipoe and co's death paved way for our independence..we still talk about them in our history books,,so who is assemblyman if I die or be arrested while campaigning for positive changes in Ghana
  • yaw says:
    June 28, 2014 05:22 pm
    Am surprised they not sacking kwasi appiah. He is the most useless coach ghana has. Lacks tactics and make changes at the wrong time . We need someone who is competent like sellas tetteh!
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 28, 2014 04:27 pm
    Kuku Paa..Nsawam for the where?? How many do these so-called leaders have paid more taxes to Ghana than myself ? They should bring out their tax records.I ship goods to Ghana all the time and constantly from USA ,Europe,Canada and Australia.Ask me ,ask you,how much does the president's brother Ibrahim paid on taxes for his 3 Bugatti vyron and other flashy cars at the port? I can tell you that it's nil..all because he is the president's brother.not only him,but his family members and entire cabinet.i have left my company and booked tickets to come to Brazil to have a good vacation enjoying football,only to come watch mess at the camp and lies?My two kids finished high school and junior high school this week . I wasn't there to encourage them in person than do that on phone .i chose to come support my mother Ghana in Brazil over my own kids.its not irresponsible but a sense of patriotism. I bought myself first class tickets,paid transports,booked hotels in brisilia,maceio and Fortaleza on my own without help from government.With all these don't you think am peeved .. Massa,I work hard in Europe with my own company and out the money ,I make remittances to Ghana .i have my gas stations in Ghana I contribute a lot to the economy of Ghana only to see Minister Tschooboiiiii waste it on 88 Brazilian Real($40) coconut ? How he was choping the monies here in Brazil ,man it was horrible .in the end bedding Jackie Appiah on this same monies..I am a married man,yes I have mistresses but I will never bed another woman while my wife is around's lack of respect to the maxim..I saw it all here ooo tooom! Me,I know this man personally from swedru all blacks days .I was listening to adom fm online when I heard he had been appointed as the minister .with him nearing the FA ,I said well Mahama might have an agenda with sending this man there as sports minister .I wasn't surprise with this history because once a thief always a thief .i expected this. Now kevin has started talking ,I hope this Mahama guy invites him and sulley to Ghana to give their side of the story at the camp..there we will know all the truth..
  • ras watiti says:
    June 28, 2014 04:55 am
    Yeah that's very good decision the president have take so far. They went and waste tax payers money's and brought only shame to Ghanaians. Thief's they are. Now it lift with the sports president too. He must also have to be fired by the same AK 47. President mahama with done A good job.
  • Sirgenic says:
    June 28, 2014 05:00 am
    Asem b3ba dabi.
  • Boro says:
    June 28, 2014 05:02 am
    Your greed for money and 'atopa dzin dzin' on Jackie Appiah has betrayed you. What a shame! It is about time Ghanaians help weed out all greedy governments appointees from post. But Ayariga is also no better. Has he finished dealing with his tractor saga. Oh Ghana we do our things like a nation full of idiots.
  • ross tee says:
    June 28, 2014 05:12 am
    Let burning coals fall upon them,let them be cast into the fire.Into deep pits,that they rise not up again.AMEN..selfish people Ghana first.
  • PITO says:
    June 28, 2014 05:37 am
    it is not sacking when you move them to other positions. This is not sacking. Infact We are doomed as a nation if we call this sacking. Why is Nyantakyi not being investigated over the match fixing recording in Miami. Is the GFA commitee member who was caught live on video still in office? Guess how much money he and NYantakyi are looting by now just to secure their future. IMPEACH THEM ASAP! Is Akwasi Appiah a Coach? di bi ma mendi bi coach. After insisting on taking solomon asante and kissi boateng to Afcon when they did not merit it where are they now?? He is not a coach. You give him quality and he shits on it!
  • amoah freeman says:
    June 28, 2014 05:37 am
    Good job prezidooo it remains AA ana AN all of them need to be sack,do that and u gain all ghahaian our heart mahama for 2016
  • Pillar says:
    June 28, 2014 05:42 am
    Look,the value is the same, it doesn't change anything. What President Mahama has done is a mirror dress. After Elvis Afriye has successfully stolen the tax-payers money to be used for NDC campaign in 2016,his reward is a new ministerial portfolio. Prez Mahama, Ghanaians are aware of this your strategy. Evil doers. If you fire them without any reassign then is proper but to reassign, I smell rat.
  • Sizzle says:
    June 28, 2014 06:26 am
    How do you fire somebody and give them a similar position?..NDC and their corrupt system. They keep doing things that basically said Ghanaians are all dummies. We are not fool mr. President! These NDC fools will all get what is coming to them in due time. **** you Mahama!
  • @kwame says:
    June 28, 2014 06:37 am
    And who said they have bn fired? A commitTEA has bn set to investigate what transpired, and yet they have bn reassigned. Hmmm we have a President.
  • Solo- uk says:
    June 28, 2014 06:40 am
    Fire kwasi appiah oooooo he has the guts to say he won't resign. If he won't resign we would force him to resign. GHALCA members should vote against Kwasi Nyantakyi. Thank u for the three world cups we need new blood to help us qualify. He is behaving like ISSAH HAYATO. Fire burn Nyantakyi
  • Richrd says:
    June 28, 2014 07:15 am
    This is not important he should he should set tekper
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 28, 2014 07:38 am
    Is Ghana and Ghanaians stupid as a nation? Ah! This president Mahama ,is he "correct" at all ??look at such a big scandal caused by Afriyie Ankrah and Yamin over here in Brazil.instead of firing them completely and have them arrested,you are reassigning them?what shows they won't obstruct in investigations ?This clearly will allow other people to do the same thing too. Just come see how your foot soldiers are suffering at their camp in Maceio for once .and you will understand better whatever these buffoons have done. Ah! Well! Just remembered you ,Mahama,are also highly corrupt during your minister days and currently presidential times.the akomfem,rlg,azongtaba,the aeroplane ,woyome,judgement debts etc.some folks have no shame at all. One of these days ,Ghanaians themselves will take the law into their own hands and attack ministers and presidents themselves.since law and order doesn't work in the country.. Next time am in Ghana I will do a non partisan personal demonstration against this government in front of the jubilee house..we are just tired ..go to America,UK and so on,citizens demonstrate freely in front of government residences but in Ghana it's a crime to do so..foolishness !!what sort of world we live in now.. Immunities we give to presidents should be canceled once a president term of office is done,he can be eligible to be processed for court and if guilty,should be jailed..this will end all these NPP and NDC nonsense. Unfortunately,I am not in Ghana soon till later in December .surely will stage a one man demonstration somehow.these people should leave Ghana alone for well meaning Ghanaians.
  • alfred amoako says:
    June 28, 2014 07:44 am
    Mr Prezidoooooooo did't sack dem but he has rather given dem a new job with the same plat form,which is very very bad cming from nobody but NDC (Mr prezidoooooo).You cee how our leaders are not effective interms of decision making.Dis corrupt leaders are still existing in goverance affairs .There is a saying dat no condition is permanent,THEY NEED TO BE SACK (Mr President).Long live Ghana,long live AFRICA
  • Zyno says:
    June 28, 2014 07:44 am
    Hahahaha; oh ! Ghana! Hahahha
  • Lord Maxi says:
    June 28, 2014 07:53 am
    Infact kwasi appiah must be fired including the somany GFA officials. The government must set a limit to the number of GFA offials to be taking to a tournament
  • OGYA says:
    June 28, 2014 08:08 am
    So Afriyie is removed and promoted to the presidency, a promotion in my books, Nyantakyi and Akwesi Appiah keep their jobs? Why is no one crying or shouting for the removal of Akwesi Appiah? Nyantakyi's got to be on his last leg. He will try to steel the GFA election again. Ghanaians should storm the GFA and demand his removal.
  • iddrisu shegu seidu says:
    June 28, 2014 08:25 am
    Even thus president has failed the country with his back, He has taken a good step by removing the sports minister and his deputy. i think the the president of FA should also do the same by removing kwasi appiah and his 70 jobless he send to receive $300000.Simple because of his share
  • obrempong emmanuel says:
    June 28, 2014 08:43 am
    The ndc has nothing better to offer to the good people of Ghana. How can such people be given another positions, aaaaaaah what a country we live in. God help us.
  • mengele wwII villain says:
    June 28, 2014 09:06 am
    Am not Ghanan but your coach should be the one fired. Why fight to with players? It seems a black man needs a white man since blacks don't have common sense and are out of control. Appoint someone with brain
  • AK says:
    June 28, 2014 09:20 am
    LOL at some of the comments here. It seems people do not understand the intricacies of politics. That 'Minister of State' designation is a political 'black hole' into which Mr. Ankrakh has sunk along with his widely known political ambitions. I think it is a politically suave move by the President. (You just don't move with the crowd and act on emotions. They'll disappear when the decision backfires. It is all about calculation.) Some of you should try your hands at leadership. It's mighty difficult. Hehehehe... Good day folks!
  • Kwame Larbi says:
    June 28, 2014 10:31 am
    It's a shame
  • pk says:
    June 28, 2014 10:34 am
    The players can't get off the hook. Their action can't be justified. At such a prestigious tournament, they held the country to ransom. If you accept national duty, it makes sense to put individual and collective interests behind national interest. Wipe the team slate clean and start fresh recalls to include devoted members of the current squad.Country first.
  • emma says:
    June 28, 2014 10:50 am
    pls sack kwesi Appiah and keep konadu,kwesi you are not a coach periode????
  • kuukuphilly says:
    June 28, 2014 11:24 am
    @pk i side with u 100%.i Will replace everyone of the with the crurent Under 20 team regardless of where u pride Ur Trade..
  • Mohammed Abubakari says:
    June 28, 2014 11:26 am
    Not only the minister,the coach must go.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    June 28, 2014 11:27 am
    @assemblyman Will love to join u but in the end we Will see ourselves rotting in nsawam if u know what i mean.
  • Alhaji says:
    June 28, 2014 11:39 am
    Ghanaians and cowardice,man if [email protected] gets the guts to stage the demo,will surely get support from some of us,why do Gh leaders do whateva they like cos they know Gh pple are naturally cowards....wat he wants to demonstrate against isn't a crime.freedom of speech my foot.assemblyman would like to add you on twitter or instangram cos I don't do fb.
  • selfmade says:
    June 28, 2014 12:15 pm
    This is the best news I have ever heard!! God bless u mister president and am so happy this morning! This is the best decision this president has ever taken and god bless u! Now the next line of action is to arrest him and investigate him for causing financial loss to the state! They should arrest this man because he has brought total disgrace to this great country of ours! I visited a lot of international media and some of the comments about Ghana leaves much to be desired! Someone call Ghana a very WEIRD NATION AND I WAS BRUTALLY HATE BY THAT COMMENTS THANKS TO THIS PUNK ASS MINISTER! The only thing that makes me happy in life is football and for me to hear his name associated with football in Ghana makes me sick! Anytime I see his pic or hear his name, I feel tight and want to throw up! I never like this guy from the day, he made FUN OF THE MELCOM DISASTER! How can a human being who call himself educated sit down in a radio station to mock and make fun of HUMANS TRAPPED UNDER A COLLAPSED BUILDING? Some of the trapped victims were still alive calling for help and people from afar including foreign countries were sympathizing with these people and here we have a man with a PUNK HAIR CUT and looking like a moron sitting in a radio station making fun of people who are trapped! This man has no conscience at all and the sad thing is that, he was rewarded with his stupid remarks as a minister not knowing he is going to use our scarce resources to run after one cheap so called actress! He should ashamed of himself and I always pray that karma punish him severily and similarly like the melcom disaster! Those MELCOM VICTIMS were someones FATHER,MOTHER,BRO ETC and most of them were also bread winners of their families and u didn't care about them! U ride on a national disaster to become a minister and the result of it is using Ghana monies for cheap, frustrated slut! One day and not in the distant future, u ll account for what u said about the melcom victims and I know that there is CAUSE FOR EVERYTHING and that CAUSE LL MAKE U ANS FOR YOUR MEAN,,WICKED DEEDS!
  • selfmade says:
    June 28, 2014 12:46 pm
    The BLOOD OF MELCOM VICTIMS are on your hands and you ll pay for it!! U ride on that disaster to become a minister and u couldn't even do the right thing! One day this man ll cry for help but there LL be no one to help him! Mark it! I said before that Suarez LL be disgrace infront of live audience and it happened and am saying this same MELCOM FATE LL BEFALL THIS MAN!
  • selfmade says:
    June 28, 2014 01:57 pm
    Look at his pic carefully and tell me if this moron doesn't look ughly! Very ughly man with different patches of skin ! Some parts are black, some red, some are brown OMG! this man should be cage and not to be prostituting in Brazil! If this guy is a minister leading a team, then the mission is already defeated! Empty barrels makes the most noise and this stupid moron of a minister with those fanciful features can mock a death! GOD ll punish u one day! Indeed by the RIVERS OF BABYLON, WE SIT DOWN AND CRIED WHEN WE REMEMBER BACK IN THE DAYS GHANA!! This country has gone to the dogs and is no wonder that, any stupid, with low conscience and morally decayed, can become a minister of a state vexasue he can scream loud! There is no country on the planet that has respect for human live, ll make this moron a minister after his stupid rhetorics about the national disaster; The first thing we should have known is that, this man is not worth to be a minister from the way he talk! This man is one of the most stupid, good for nothing minister this country have had and he needs to be ARREST AND INVESTIGATED for his criminal activities in Brazil! If this has happen in any SERIOUS COUNTRY, this man ll be fired straight away! My heart BLEEDS FOR THIS COUNTRY!
  • kweku,USA says:
    June 28, 2014 02:42 pm
    Good you took them off that position but i think getting them outright from your government would have shown how serious your gov't is.For somebody like Yamin Ashanti region doesnt need him.He is a disgrace.He still cause a stir,mark my words.