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Ghana's World Cup commission dares FIFA - 'We will carry out probe'

Published on: 10 August 2014
Moses Foh-Amoaning says they will carry out probe

Ghana's Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Black Stars shambolic World Cup campaign has snubbed FIFA by insisting it will carry out the probe despite a warning from the world governing body.

The government-mooted probe insist FIFA cannot intimidate the commission from stopping its work citing the sovereign independence of Ghana.

A member of the commission, Moses Foh-Amoaning, rubbished the world governing body's threats that the terms of reference of the commission violates FIFA's statutes insisting the Switzerland-based body cannot stop the three-man body from investigating the Ghana FA.

Foh-Amoaning's sharp reaction to FIFA came in the wake of threats by the world’s football governing body to apply appropriate sanctions against the move.

FIFA has warned that a Commission to investigate the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and delve into issues bothering on the competence and administration of football in the country is inappropriate.

This, it said, could lead to sanctions if the government goes ahead with the Commission’s terms of reference.

But Foh-Amoaning, a legal practitioner, hit back at FIFA saying: “As a sovereign nation, the Ghana Government has the right to probe the Stars’ campaign in Brazil since it is of public interest.”

“Under no circumstance would we be intimidated by anybody or power and would cross the bridge when we get there,” he said.

In a letter dated August 7 and signed by Deputy General Secretary of FIFA, Markus Kattner, the body warned the country to stay clear of interfering in the affairs of the GFA and to respect the autonomy of the FA or risk sanctions.

Mr Foh-Amoaning said all football-related activities could be subjected to probe when necessary, citing how the Swizz Police once raided the office of the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, unannounced in order to gain access to some vital documents in a matter which was under investigation.

“My brothers, tell me of what became of that action by the police. Was Switzerland sanctioned because of that investigation by the police?” he quizzed.

The Commission, which starts sitting on August 11 and working within a two-week period, has been tasked to look into the principles and policies that underpin systems and structures employed by the FA in running Ghana football.

They are mandated, amongst others, to look into events as pertained to preparations, exit, treatment of fans, remuneration of players and officials.

It is expected, therefore, to give an overview and recommendations per their findings at the close of work.

The GNA Sports gathered that the decision of government to probe the Stars’ participation in the quadrennial championship forms part of efforts to nip in the bud mistakes committed by stakeholders to ensure successful future tournaments.

But critics of the government say it is an attempt to cover-up for government's failing as it failed to provide the cash needed to pay the players in time which led to the rumpus in camp.

Other also suspect government of seeking to remove Ghana FA officials from office as some people with close links to government seeking to take advantage of the situation to  topple the GFA's leadership.

The Stars’ participation in the 2014 World Cup fiesta was beset with a lot of challenges, ranging from players’ refusal to train ahead of the Ghana-Portugal clash, an alleged assault by one of the players, sheer disrespect for the technical team which was mostly caused by the government failure to pay the players at the time it promised.

The maltreatment of fans and some ambassadors who accompanied the team, bad flight arrangements for the fans to remuneration are things there were directly caused by the sports ministry.

These factors, according to some football analysts and fans, could be the reason for the Stars’ early exit in the tournament, a development that gave public concern and subsequent institution of an inquiry into the issues for the benefit of the nation.

Mr Foh-Amoaning said the Commission would work within the stipulated regulations to ensure a successful exercise.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Adidi Atem hene the 1st says:
    August 10, 2014 08:55 am
    Fifa can go to hell.The commission should do anything necessary to put Ghana football where it belong.If that means getting ban,so be it.Nobody dictates what we can and can't do .
  • navy seal USA says:
    August 10, 2014 09:00 am
    Let the commission do their fuckn job.Fukn Air heads FIFA.
  • lolvsfunny says:
    August 10, 2014 10:52 am
    How long are we going to be banned anyways. This is all a diversion tactics. Nigeria was recently banned and it didn't even take up to two months before the banned was revoked..... Only bad and corrupt people don't want this probe.
  • shine says:
    August 10, 2014 11:15 am
    It is a high time so called fifa to realised that Governments of Africa nations spend so much monies into football national teams. If any corruptions rains in the FAs they must be investigated to finds out how and where the monies has been gone too. Without these all the corruptions shall not stop at once.Fifa is not being paying monies to national teams so why does he cares? fifa does not want any Africa teams to win a World cup because he fifa knows very well that he can bribes Africa FAs not to do well thats why he applied such fucking rules into football games. But now that we knew it he can enter hell. They should ban Ghana forever anytime they wish,we never cares.What we cares are making sure that the countries wealth doesnt spend useles ways. **** fifa today **** him tomorrow God damn fifa. He is A devil man. All of these fifa management are all into 666 and occultism. **** them off.John Mahama do well to go ahead.
  • Dasaintshy says:
    August 10, 2014 01:47 pm
    If you see "Mumbi" let him tell us which of the facts about Zambians are not true? 10 FACT ABOUT ZAMBIANS 1. All male kids do not circumsize and that makes them "koti boto" in our Ghanaian language. 2. They eat some food popularly known as "shima" and they eat it with cassava leaves. In Ghana they will known as "aponkye" 3. They drink so much so that, a lot of Zambians here in the USA have had their driving liscense suspended, revoked and have done some jail terms. "We call them "sagy3 am" 4. Most of the men have bad body odour and I guess is because of the penis not been circumsized. 5 They like marrying young women for wives, for example, you will see a 56yr old man with a 22 yr old wife. You can guess what these young ladies do behind these old drunkards with other men especially guys from west Africa. 6. Zambian men eat with two hands like baboons and have no table manners when they have their food. They can disgrace you very quick as an African. 7 They eat salt and sugar like there is no tomorrow. Every food they eat must either be sprinkled with salt or sugar. It is because Zambia is a landlocked country with no shores or coastal harbors. Salt and sugar is their white gold. 8.Most Zambian women would prefer to date a guy or marry a man from west Africa because they call them "trophy" when they get one. It means the west African men are more smart, educated and very civilized and we treat them better than their own. 9. "Shimanga" is a name for a girl and " mulumbi and lingashi " are names for boys. These are just examples. Very shinny names. 10. South Africa is "Zambian's America" they struggle to go to South Africa just like the west struggle to go to America. However, the South Africans even hate them so bad and more often, Zambians will tell you they are from "South Africa" . They are shy to say they are Zambians. Next week will about about our brother next door...
  • banger says:
    August 10, 2014 02:17 pm
  • Rass says:
    August 10, 2014 02:21 pm
    No way turning back this commission must be bold n carry on their duty the good people of ghana want want the excertly what went wronge from there we can be able to move on
  • OGYA says:
    August 10, 2014 03:10 pm
    Ghana as a sovereign nation can do whatever it likes as to anyone that is getting a paychecks from it. FIFA cannot be a power over a country. I am very very happy that someone has had the guts to come up with a strong statement against FIFA that corrupt organization. Nyantakyi and his gang of thieves need to be exposed for who they are.