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Ghana's new sports minister sets up three-man committee investigate World Cup disaster

Published on: 04 July 2014
A three-man committee has been set up to look into problems in Ghana's Black Stars

Ghana's new sports minister has set up a three-man committee to investigate Ghana's poor showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Mahama Ayariga named an Appeals Court Judge Justice Senyo Dzamefe to head the committee that includes ace Sports broadcaster Moses Foh Amoaning and sports enthusiast Kofi Anokye Darko.

The committee became necessary after Ghana's first round exit in the ongoing 2014 World Cup while some off-the-field problems also affected the Black Stars.

The committee has been asked to enquire into how the Black Stars prepared for the tournament and possible lapses therein which might have caused their early exit from the tournament, indicating that coach Kwesi Appiah and management might be called before the committee.

They will also enquire into matters relating to the management of the Ghana Black Stars team and events in their camp during the tournament while advising government on how to fund national teams in future.

They will look into matters relating to Ghana’s treatment of Ghanaian football fans who were sent to support the Black Stars by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The exit crowned scandalous events off the field including an embarrassing airlifting of $3 million cash on a presidential jet, an act which made Ghana a subject of global ridicule.

There was also player agitation and a reported assault in which a player-Sulley Muntari-slapped a management member, Moses Parker.

Critics including the opposition New Patriotic Party have demanded an investigation into the scandals that rocked Ghana's World Cup outing.

The NPP insisted on having a bipartisan parliamentary enquiry into the scandals but a statement from government says the three-man committee is competent to do a good job.

The committee has one month to present its report.

The new Minister gave an assurance that Government will act on the recommendation of the Committee.

Government believes that a forward-looking inquiry will expose lapses to engender reforms to improve the organization of Ghana’s participation in future football tournaments," the statement said.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Rasheed says:
    July 04, 2014 06:19 pm
    @texas,those vampires must let us know about their expenditure before they are fired.Ugly and corrupt nyantakyie must let us know how he funded hid wife and kids to Brazil.
  • texas says:
    July 04, 2014 05:44 pm
    We don't care. All we want is fire the GFA president, fire AA because he can never manage black stars no matter how long he keeps the post. Dissolve the black stars management committee and don't replace it. We don't care if fifa bans us. Nigeria just did that. Black stars belong to the government and people of Ghana not fifa or the GFA.
  • benito says:
    July 04, 2014 06:41 pm
    Omg I never knew nyantakyi also double as the black Stars mgt committee could you? "One man thousand" . . . do everything? ...this 3 man "ko num tea"must fired nyantakyi and appiah .if they don't' we will organise a world wide campaign to throw them out.
  • selfmade says:
    July 04, 2014 06:51 pm
    These are as usual another way of milking the nation dry! All the three members ll be paid in dollars at every sitting and the end product ll be as usual ZERO! Another way of providing jobs for the boys! If these people are serious, they ll have dissolve the whole gfa mgt ctte by now for us to know that they are serious! Nigeria has shown how serious they are about football and is about time we learn from this giant!
  • access says:
    July 04, 2014 07:16 pm
    I agree with you, corrupt Nyantakyi must go but remember he was elected by GFA committee till 2015 so nothing the government can do about that....As for AA black stars is tooo big for him.He's as waste as Milo..
  • maubs says:
    July 04, 2014 11:59 pm
    yes it so feels to me that this enquiry or investigation is going to be a mickey mouse enquiry. what all is asking for is for the whole fa to revamped, modernised, made more efficient and transparaent as possible and nyantakyi and his cohorts as well as AA to leave office not a kalabule mickey mouse investigation committee. the people have spoken. It will be such a great shame if we pass this opportunity to learn lessons however difficult; to demonstrate to all our players the love of ghanains for the welfare all our bs players and fellow ghanains, and to put into place real efficient structures in terms of football and sports adminstration in ghana. As for the corrupted people who think they are going to be able to pull the wool over our eyes this time, pride they say always precedes a fall.
  • Boro says:
    July 05, 2014 12:19 am
    The new minister himself is a senior corrupt minister. In fact he has PhD ln siphoning of state money. He already has an albatross around his neck for diverting some tractors meant for his own poor farmers from the north. He is just coming to continue from where Ankrah left off. Oh Ghana a country of NO SENSE!