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Ghana's World Cup committee to probe failure turned into a commission

Published on: 11 July 2014
Ayariga has turned the committee into a presidential commission

Ghana’s new sports minister has transformed the committee to investigate the Black Stars poor showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil into a presidential commission which means it has the powers of a court.

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

However, on Friday at the opening of the seminar of 60 experts called to find ways of improving football, Ayariga announced that he has moved the committee into a commission giving it the powers to summon people to appear before it.

"I have monitored social media and media discussions since the committee was set up. I had a meeting with the President and he has agreed that we should turn it into a presidential commission," Ayariga told the delegates at the seminar on Friday.

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 was 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.

The GFA has publicly stated that it is ready to cooperate with the committee but the transformation into a commission could bring a new dimension to it.

The commission could run into problems with FIFA as the world governing body frowns on football matters being addressed in the law courts.

This comes just 48 hours after Nigeria were banned for international football after a court action was instituted against the Aminu Maigari-led federation following the country's exit at the World Cup.

The commission has one month to present its report.

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



This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • shine says:
    July 11, 2014 03:49 pm
    Thank God Ayariga you are a hard working man let the court jail them Fifa should ban the whole of Africa we dont need his satanic Agents here. All of them should face a hell. Africa we never take a World cup what shows that we should be part of fifa games. we the fans want fifa to ban Ghana football like Nigeria so that shameles GFA will eat grasses and glasses. Thank you John Mahama you are doing the right thing. woooow. With God all things are possible
  • nana agyenfrah says:
    July 11, 2014 04:09 pm
    what is the meaning from all these things from gorvenment hmm? it means the gorvenment want fifa to bound ghana too ryt? shameful gorvenment .
  • OGYA says:
    July 11, 2014 05:07 pm
    The committee should require the GFA to hold off on the new contract for Akwesi Appiah until the investigations are totally over. That would be a prudent step to take. We Ghanaians cannot afford to have Akwesi Appiah, the worst coach in the Black Star history shoved into our throats.
  • Papa Addo says:
    July 11, 2014 05:09 pm
    The president needs to stay out of this.. he can get a committee to look over that and spend his energy and focus on bettering Ghana. He obviously cannot prioritize his agendas
  • maubs says:
    July 11, 2014 07:31 pm
    well a commission i think is more the thing than a committe of dishounorables and football professors deliberating what could be done to improve ghana soccer in 48 hours. still think that the 60 should be consulted, re from every tier of the league can be consulted all right. But the commission must engage in a dialogue with all concerned but that i think can be efficiently done with a panel who must by all means contact the 60 and more if they want. The three man panel could have been expanded and given longer than 48 hours. The names on the panel as is it is presently are not fresh enough. To have a real dialogue with the fans AA and certain others must all step down. That way the fans would be confident enough to engage in the dialogue.
  • benito says:
    July 11, 2014 07:45 pm
    That is the way to go..thumbs up my senior at ghanasco'Tamale
  • Blow says:
    July 11, 2014 09:26 pm
    I don't care about FIFA'S suspension, all we are asking for is corruption, nepotism, bribery, kickbacks, Akwasi Appiah, Nyantekyi are shown the door and they must make sure the door do not hit them on their way out. All cows and no herd!