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'Charismatic' ex-Ghana sports minister Afriyie-Ankrah breaks down in tears at World Cup Commission hearing

Published on: 21 August 2014
Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah

Embattled ex- Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah could not hold back his tears as he emotionally  recounted incidents which led to Ghana’s disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil.

Mr Ankrah is being quizzed by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry as to what led to the decision of the Black Stars players to boycott training ahead of the third group game against Portugal.

The often energetic and charismatic minister was extremely emotional as he recounted how the players held the nation to ransom, refusing to train ahead of the final group game against the European powerhouse.'s Ameenu Shardow reports the ex minister looked emotionally drained.

"He said he was devastated to find out the players didn’t train for two sessions," Shardow said

"He was getting highly emotional with few drops of tears.  At some point the chairman of the commission asked him to take it easy.

"It's been an emotional-filled day and the days ahead will also help to make the picture much clearer."

Proceedings have just ended.


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  • selfmade says:
    August 21, 2014 11:48 pm
    U spend 1.9 billion CEDI's on presidential dinner alone using TAC payers money!! While ghanaians can't even afford one square meal a day, this ughly bastard was wasting and spending our monies uselessly!!! GOD LL PUNISH U AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY!
  • fish says:
    August 21, 2014 02:10 pm
    Afriyie breaks down in tears,and so what should we do?.Should we slap him hard for shedding tears or what?
  • selfmade says:
    August 21, 2014 02:31 pm
    This man is purely a con artist and a phony man! Break downm, my ass! What's wrong with this man? He can cry me a river, we don't care! A stomach politician and he is shedding crocodile tears just to cover his deeds and seek sympathy! He is been smart, cony and phony but Ghanaians are beyond and above this silly play acting comedies! Why this con criminal artist keeps on pointing accusing fingers at everyone but himself beats me! If u are the minister and u couldn't do what u were supposed to do resulting a total calamity and disgrace for us, then it means U ARE SIMPLY INCOMPETENT! What planet is this moron of a rascal is living on? Aside what happened with the playing body, how about the supporters who has disgracefully seek asylum? What happened? His TOO KNOWN attitude has cause him his downfall and if he thinks he can convinced us with his PHONY TEARS, then he is a DAMN BLOODY LIAR! How can the players train when they have not been paid their entitlements whiles a non performing minister like u always gets your entitlements! The players this, the players that and what about u mister? He wants to BULLY his way thru but I can assure this good for nothing minister that, Ghanaians are not dumb! Yes a few of his FOOL SOLDIERS ll believe his lies and probably help him to cry but as for me and myself,he can cry me a LAKE, he is a criminal!! If he is harboring any presidential ambitions, he better shed those SILLY IDEAS because IT LL NEVER HAPPEN!! A mean criminal man who rides on NATIONAL DISASTER AND PROPANGANDA to steal from the masses! A VERY COWARD MAN!
  • lion-fire says:
    August 21, 2014 02:35 pm
    If all it takes to be pronounced innocent is to cry, then jails will be empty
  • Mumbi says:
    August 21, 2014 02:43 pm
    Still mouning the early wc exit. Wait for Uganda to kick your sorry asses.
  • mickey darling says:
    August 21, 2014 02:48 pm
    lion-fire, i agree with u 100%. Hardened criminals can cry more than that.
  • DOGO says:
    August 21, 2014 03:18 pm
  • selfmade says:
    August 21, 2014 05:16 pm
    This man is a criminal!! LOOT AND SHARE SPEACILIAST!! The commission should ask auditors to audit all his reports accompany by receipts! This man with a big NECK is a criminal and when he sees women, he becomes BLOCK HEADED!! How can a serious minister take LIVE BAND TO BRAZIL? For what and how much did he spend on it? He planned all these things in advance in order to BALANCE THE SHEET and the commission should demand the WC receipts from him!! According to FORBES, he is one of the richest Ghanaian alive and considering that he was a former SALES PERSON, how did he make all these monies within these few years he became a minister!!! I bet anyone that, this man has STOLEN ALOT FROM THE WC BUDGET!! LOOT AND SHARE ROGUE!!
  • afrikaba1 says:
    August 21, 2014 05:56 pm
    Crocodile tears
  • Barnabas Senyo says:
    August 21, 2014 06:08 pm
    You see when people exchange intelligence with stupidity the result is always disgrace shame, failure and their family members . instead of the right selection of players, a good technical bench and the right motivation, this mediocre and concert minister and supporting wizards like Nii lantey and wanowano of radio gold sent a host of greedy bastards, prostitutes and worthless concert people to Brazil. Which will market Ghana? A good football display on the field or an array of people who have nothing to do with football but are there because of their stomachs?.
  • Barnabas Senyo says:
    August 21, 2014 06:28 pm
    My beef with Nii lantey, wanowano is that they vehemently campaigned against foreign coaches when even the mad man on the street knew that kwesi appiah would fail. It seems they have ulterior motives and selfish agenda which they polish and throw into public domain and convince every one to believe that it is a national agenda. They then get the support of other wicked and evil and anti nation journalists whose shouts drown decent, common sense and patriotic voices. They don't really care if we perform well or not. Once their agenda is achieved they are satisfied. Otherwise how on earth could decent people clamour for kwesi appiah to send Ghana to the world cup?
  • Appau Michael says:
    August 21, 2014 06:30 pm
    Ooooooooo Exe-minister why???