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Ghana's new sports minister Ayariga off to disastrous start, football forum condemned

Published on: 13 July 2014
Ghana's new sports minister Mahama Ayariga got off to a worst possible start in his post as his two-day seminar on football was widely condemned on Sunday as 'a complete waste of time and money', besmirched with political undertones.

Ghana's new sports minister Mahama Ayariga got off to a worst possible start in his post as his two-day seminar on football was widely condemned on Sunday as 'a complete waste of time and money', besmirched with political undertones.

Sports analysts in the country descended heavily on the ex-government spokesman for the decision to call the two-day forum to discuss the future of Ghana football.

Ayayriga, who took over the position on Wednesday, called the conference which ended on Saturday in his bid to find solutions in the wake of Ghana's disastrous showing at the World Cup.

However the decision to call several ex-administrators numbering about 60 to discuss how to fix emerging problems plaguing the country’s football has not gone down well.

The conference suffered a PR setback at the opening when two leading members of the ruling NDC party Harry Zakkour and Ade Coker were heard in discussions calling for the dismissal of the Kwesi Nyantakyi, which led to suspicion that the conference was politically motivated to remove the Ghana FA boss.

The conference was condemned as ill-timed and hurried with some of the people invited described as lacking the substance and knowledge to steer the direction of the game in the country.

Some said the minister got his priorities wrong as he should instead concentrate on reviving the lesser known sports in the country with suspicion that he is being pushed around by those some unknown hands.

A key recommendation by the forum was the need to modify the football constitution to limit the terms of the president of Ghana FA to two-terms, which has been condemned.

"If the recommendation has to do with the term of office of the Ghana Football Association President, then I think we are missing the point. The real issue has to do with developing our football at the grassroots level," Christopher Opoku an analyst told Joy FM.

Worlanyo Wallas, a presenter of Asempa FM, questioned the integrity of some of the participants claiming they were indicted by government for their past deeds and lack the moral authority to sit in such conferences.

Alhaji Jawula, Sam Brew Butler and Ade Coker, all previous leaders of the Ghana, failed to qualify the Black Stard for the World Cup during their reign but were called to advice and the decision has not been well received.

"The minister should have received the advice that some of the men he invited have no got the moral right to sit there. A lot of them were sacked from football administration in this country for their bad deeds and corrupt practices," Wallas fumed on the his programme on Sunday.

"Is this an attempt to recycle them and bring back the failure they brought to this country? This new minister has failed before he started. Football is hotter than politics. If he doesn't take care he will be removed from his position in no time.

"Some of these people have been out of the game for more than 20 years. What solutions can they offer?"

Another analyst Kweku Owusu Bempah said the personalities called are out of touch and can't offer any solutions to the problems affecting the game in Ghana as they could mould the game in the country during their time.

"All of the ex-FA presidents called for the conference could not qualify Ghana for the World Cup. Some even failed to take the country to the Africa Cup of Nations. Now we are calling them to advice us on how to play at the World Cup. How pathetic. " Bempah said on Happy FM sarcastically.

"The politics attached to this conference has damaged the purity, if any, of the event.

"Nyantakyi might not be an angle but to have taken Ghana to three World Cup and all Africa Cup of Nations in his reign, they must be learning from him."

Ben Nunoo Mensah, the president of the Ghana Weightlifting Association, phoned into a radio programme to advice the minister to give equal attention to all sports.

"I share in the sentiments that the minister's foray into football at this early stage is counter-productive. He should take his time and concentrate on the other sports because football is Ghana is far developed as compared to the other sports." Mensah told Asempa FM.

The recommendation by the two-day seminar is not binding on the Ghana FA as its congress can accept or rubbish the proposal.

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This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Rasheed says:
    July 13, 2014 05:09 pm
    Intact,if had power,I would have arranged for the following people to be flogged properly at the Accra sports stadium. Gangrenous Nyantakyie ,sycophantic Saanie Diarra,Kwabena(another sycophant)and Elvis Afriyie the lover boy.
  • Boro says:
    July 13, 2014 05:56 pm
    May be the set up of this forum is by the new minister is probably to cover his ass later. Just bring together all those who matter so that when some of what they bring up is incorporated and we fail they cannot come back and lash us. However, some of the participants feels this is an opportunity to makes changes in the GFA's presidential terms for office so that we too can get opportunity to also enjoy some of the money. So one can see that right from the on set both parties have their own interest which is actually what Ghanaians will be looking for. All those who think Ayariga's taking over will improve things should revise their notes. He is simply one of the most corrupt officials in goverment right now. He still has that albatross of diverting tractors meant for his poor countrymen from the three northern regions around his neck. He falls within the category of people who think they know but in actual sense know not.
  • Rasheed says:
    July 13, 2014 05:02 pm
    Our problems will be solved when ghanasoccernet staff headed saanie Diarra stopped being sycophants.
  • Ghghsa says:
    July 13, 2014 05:00 pm
    GSN why this constant propaganda for GFA?,.....I mean come on..are we that lame to you?...seriously I'm beginning to think you guys at GFA/GSN are really hiding something at GFA and will do anything to stay in power are feeling the heat ain't you...? Shame your time is up just quit figthing
  • good thinker says:
    July 13, 2014 04:27 pm
    The so called minister and his ppl zarkour,ade coker are fools dnt know what their doing . Thieves !
  • good thinker says:
    July 13, 2014 04:32 pm
    Dis Ade coker duped GH when we hosted under 20 (caf) 99
  • Mumbi says:
    July 13, 2014 04:34 pm
    Don't concentrate on football, first deal with your economy. Don't you feel 4 your fans seeking assylum in Brazil.
  • Mohammed Abubakari says:
    July 13, 2014 04:45 pm
    The call is in the right direction,only that GFA is a mafia group.if care is not taken thise man will surely get him self into trouble.Remember Malam Issah's case.we are watching.
  • maubs says:
    July 14, 2014 08:39 am
    i wrote here that a 60 man commission without a structure as to what each one's responsibility is, without an agenda that can be broken down into parts and discussed effectively; would suffer from poor coordination, side taking, points scoring seeing as it is containing so many professors and honourables will also bring to the fore factionalism, apathy, lethargy and will be nightmare in terms of adminstration. i will think that it will take two days for all 60 members to begin to warm into such a conference, get to know each other before even agreeing what the agenda will be. 60 is too much. a commission of a few but not the three on the so called three member panel or please, can then be mandated to call on any named in the 60 as well as canvas the opinion of whoever they want and then they could report their findings and recommendations and we take it from there. Things are done in Ghana differently nowadays. What next? everything is done in such shambolic way that it defeats the purpose of what could have been. God bless Ghana.