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Free food for fans at World Cup after coupon system failed- Project Coordinator reveals

Published on: 28 August 2014
Ghanaian fans

The Project coordinator for the 2014 World Cup Planning Committee Fred Darko has told the Commission of Inquiry says they failed to account for the number fans who fed during the tournament because the coupon system they instituted collapsed. 

According to Mr Darko, due to the failure by the committee to strictly monitor the coupons that were given to the selected supporters, the committee was unable to determine the number of supporters who were at the cost to the state.

Mr. Darko who continued his evidence-in-chief to the commission spoke extensively on the role he played before, during and after the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

Ghana's troubled participation is under scrutiny after President John Mahama set up a commission to look into circumstances surrounding Ghana's disappointing participation which saw the Black Stars knocked out in the group stages.

He told the Presidential Commis­sion that there was a well-structured procedure in place to allow support­ers to use coupons to collect their food at their camping base, but due to the system failure on the part of the com­mittee they did not know the number of supporters they fed in a day.

"The food coupons collapsed af­ter three days because there was a lot of traffic, and we had to use the security tags and when that also failed we head-counted. Ghanaians who travelled to sup­port the Black Stars in Brazil were made to queue and also rushed for food," he disclosed to the commis­sion last Wednesday.

The project coordinator said "The remaining coupons were brought back to Ghana since we con­sidered them as waste."

He said each supporter was given a security tag to identify him/her as a Ghanaian supporter and also to provide the committee with data of each member they flew to Brazil.

Mr. Darko further noted that he could not be solely blamed for the failure since the chairs of the sub­committees did not report to him, but sent their reports directly to the minister.

Addressing the commission on flight issues, he said Kenpong Travel and Tour, Travel Matters and Africa Origin Travel and Tour were con­tracted for airlifting of the support­ers to Brazil. Out of these agencies, only Travel Matters made provision for an airplane.

He stated that Travel Matters brought additional 70 supporters on board because the agency had al­ready signed a contract with another agency to carry them.

"We made provision for 710 pas­sengers, but because they brought extra passengers we had to reduce our number of supporters and that led to our inability to carry all the supporters."

He mentioned that there was no formal contract between the sub­committees and the travelling agen­cies and admitted it was a mistake not to have done that. "It was only letters, we did not sign any formal contract with the travelling agen­cies," he noted.


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  • Galileo says:
    August 28, 2014 10:46 am
    ahhh gh moni paaaaa dis menes dey chop like dis ?? fire bomb dem all