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Ex-sports minister Ankomah warns against government interference in Ghana FA

Published on: 16 July 2014
The Black Stars were not impressive at the World Cup

Ghana's former sports minister Papa Owusu Ankomah says government must not interfere in the activities of the Ghana FA as it seeks to investigate the Black Stars shambolic showing at the World Cup.

The MP for the opposition NPP of the doubts if the outcome of the Commission of Enquiry set up to investigate the shambolic showing will have any positive impact on the team in future.

Ankomah noted that, in as much as government wants the shambolic performance of the Black Stars investigated, he prays that government will not disregard FIFA’s rules by interfering in GFA affairs.

“I believe the GFA’s autonomy is a positive thing for the development of football. The committee’s investigation would not have interfered with GFA’s administrative works,” Ankomah counseled.

According to him, the situation under which the committee was set up is debatable. Adding that, the president’s attempt at stifling parliament to look into the issue was bad.

“The circumstances leading to the setting-up of the commission does not give assurance of any beneficial outcome. Why should parliament be prevented from debating a matter of national interest because of the president’s actions?” the New Patriotic Party [NPP] Member of Parliament [MP] for Sekondi questioned.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, on Monday, boldly criticized President John Mahama for displaying “bad faith” by issuing CI 82 to set up a Commission of Enquiry to probe the Black Stars fiasco at this year’s World Cup.

The Speaker, made the comment on the floor, shortly after the Ranking Member on the Youth and Sports Committee, Isaac Asiamah, moved a motion for the House to set up a bipartisan committee to investigate the scandals that tarnished Ghana's participation in the just ended World Cup in Brazil.

Newly appointed Youth and Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga argued against the proposal for Parliament to set up a committee to investigate the scandals after informing the House of a three member committee tasked to investigate happenings in the World Cup by President Mahama.

But speaking on JOY FM’s Supper Morning Show, the former Youth and Sports minster in the Kufuor administration opined that, “The committee we [parliament] proposed would have had similar parameters as those of the president’s Commission of Inquiry.

The Black Stars is a team of the nation. I believe that national teams are ‘properties’ of the state, and the state should be interested”.



This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • Boro says:
    July 16, 2014 06:10 am
    This is another unintelligent way of the Mahama Administration diverting our attention on otherwise an obvious mistake from the government. Who in this country do not know that the three unpatriotic players took advantage of the government failure to pay them their appearance fee in time to ruin our world cup hopes. And will this commision be able to find another cause? This is simply waste of state money and time. What at all can Ghana do right? In any case why do we have to leave the money behind and wait till it became necessary to airlift and spend extra cost? What happened to the over two million dollars profit at the last world cup? Infact if we had invested that money at Gold Coast security in the past four years that money would have doubled! Or it was just the usual stupidity that we allowed our railway lines destroyed only to begin transporting the RAW bauxite by road and increase the cost? Hmmmm this is Ghana for you and when we talk the president has the balls to label us as being pessimistic!
  • Oye says:
    July 16, 2014 05:53 am
    Corrupt FIFA will always shield it's cronies. What autonomy are they talking about? Using tax payers money on these failed boys and sponsoring kwesi nyantekyi with his family to waste the money and they talk of autonomy. Dubious dudes.
  • Demon says:
    July 16, 2014 05:00 am
    The following hoodlums should get ready and wait for me.Saanie Diarra,Nyantakyie Elvies Afriyie and Randy Abbey.I will fly at dawn and pick them to the dodowa forest.There,I will have them flogged properly by my dwarfs,until they excrete faeces. out of their anus