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FIFA slams government's commission of enquiry into Black Stars World Cup fiasco

Published on: 17 July 2014
FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

FIFA has questioned the composition of a Commission of Enquiry to look into the performance of the Black Stars at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The world football governing body says: “The composition and competences of commission are unclear ” and wants the Ghana Football Association to furnish them with details.

It looks like FIFA deems the three-member body announced by Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga as interference which could attract an indefinite ban.

Ghana president John Mahama through constitutional instrument 82 announced the commission with the powers of the high court to probe all activities surrounding the country’s participation at the World Cup including the management of the senior national team.

Leading lawyers in the country have expressed fears that the use of the CoE instead of the committee violates FIFA statutes which could lead to a ban on the country.

The Ghana FA says it will welcome a government inquisition but must be within the confines of FIFA laws to avoid further embarrassment for the country.

Ghana got ridiculed during the tournament after government airlifted US$ 3 million to settle the appearance fees of striking Black Stars players.

Below are details of the FIFA letter addressed to the Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Dear President.

We have learnt from different media reports that the Presidency o f the Republic of Ghana had appointed a commission of enquiry and investigation into the Black Stars’ participation to the 2014 FIFA Word Cup in Brazil. The composition and the competences of the said committee are unclear.

Provided the reports are true, we deem it is important to clarify from the beginning the procedures and to ensure that the Ghana Football Association can operate without interferences as required by the FIFA Statutes.

Under these circumstances, we kindly ask you to provide us with a report at your earliest convenience.

We thank you in advance


Markus Kattner

Deputy Secretary General.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kidcarson says:
    July 17, 2014 01:47 pm
    Who is fifa?sepp blatter himself is another crook......they should clear off cuz football is not our life.they can ban us we really don't care
  • OGYA says:
    July 17, 2014 12:55 pm
    If FIFA feels they have more powers than the government of Ghana in dealing with our GFA, then the Ghana government should just abandon the GFA totally and let FIFA take over and pay their salaries as well. Its as simple as that.
  • Coconuthead says:
    July 17, 2014 11:48 am
    It did not. FIFA just asked for a clarifications of the composition of the commission (committee) and the procedures involved. FIFA is also aware that GFA cannot be a body that is governed by its own laws outside the jurisdiction of Ghanaian laws. I believe that interfering with the composition of GFA executives, elections and the daily functioning of the body is what FIFA is against. I do not know who runs this website and whether they actually peruse articles before splashing headings on the web.
  • the don money says:
    July 17, 2014 09:51 am
    Ghanasoccernet please get your facts right.FIFA is seeking clarification and the letter above does not in anyway slam the government.Why should you twist a headline to suit your propagandist act.Please we supposed to be educated on facts and twisted and contorted write ups.You read a headline and the body of the story is a different thing all together.Professionalism in this country Ghana has really seen a decline and Ghanasoccernet must sit up.
  • the don money says:
    July 17, 2014 09:53 am
    *Rather Please we supposed to be educated on facts and "NOT" twisted and contorted write ups.
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    July 17, 2014 10:05 am
    Where did FIFA slam govts commission of enquiry?!?!? Poor journalism !
  • john says:
    July 17, 2014 10:26 am
    Fifa should know that gfa is not the financier of the black stars.It is the government of Ghana who finances the black stars and no one can not finance institution without known the checks and balances of the institution.
  • Boro says:
    July 17, 2014 08:31 am
    Every corner of the Ghana's economy continues to bleed and the government appears perplexed not knowing what to do and instead of concentrating on these problems this failed government prefers tackling issues that only FIFA has the right to sort out.
  • selfmade says:
    July 17, 2014 06:02 pm
    I can't simply understand why a human being ll come to a social forum and uses someone's I.d. to pass his comments? Is this person simply dumb or a low level being? Smh!