Commission hearing could damage Ghana's 2015 AFCON qualification chances, member warns
Government’s investigation into Ghana’s World Cup disaster could damage the Black Stars chances of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, a member of the commission has warned.
Moses Foh-Amoaning, a legal luminary and sports administrator, fears negative media commentary on the commission of inquiry could destabilize the Black Stars during the qualifiers.
He warned the media to be circumspect on their reports on the commission adding that journalists violating the body’s rules could face legal action.
Ghana’s minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga on Monday inaugurated the commission of inquiry set up to investigate the country’s participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
With the qualifiers for the tournament scheduled to start next month which means it will coincide with the sitting of the commission, Foh-Amoaning fears negative comments could affect Ghana’s chances.
“Mind you the Black Stars will start their Afcon 2015 qualifiers soon and as Ghanaians we need not to create a scenario which could affect them psychology so as a friend of the media I’ll urge you all not to incise the public,” he said.
“Let’s also not forget about contempt in our reportage,” he added.
Government set up the commission following media reports and allegations relating to the circumstances of the Black Stars’ participation at the world cup tournament.
The Black Stars failed to make it past the first round after they picked up a point from the three group games played against the United States, Germany and Portugal.
The three-man commission, headed by Justice Senyo Dzamefe, an Appeals Court Judge, will enquire into matters relating to team’s preparation for the tournament and possible lapses therein which might have caused their early exit from the tournament.
The other members of the Commission include Moses Foh Amoaning, a top Sports Broadcaster and lawyer, and Kofi Anokye Darko, sports enthusiast.