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Government, Ghana FA call conference to seek solutions to football challenges

Published on: 10 July 2014
Ghana FA and government are seeking for solutions

Government has invited about sixty Eminent Football Administrators to review the country's football and advice on a national strategy for the sport in the country in the wake of the Black Stars' disastrous showing at the World Cup.

The initiative is a collaboration between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana Football Association.

The Eminent Football Administrators will reflect on developments in the area of competitive football and fashion out a national response strategy.

This could be seen as major step in reviewing the Black Stars poor showing at the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil which led to a first round exit.

The conduct of the members of the team and the managers attracted negative media attention globally.

President John Dramani Mahama subsequently constituted a three-member Committee to review Ghana’s participation and the shameful exit from the tournament in Brazil.

The ministry in a release on Thursday indicated: "This Group of Eminent Football Administrators is made up of personalities with acclaimed experience in both the field of play and football management and administration in Ghana and abroad".

They will be participating in a two-day retreat scheduled for Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July, 2014 at the Premier Best Western Hotel in the Airport Residential Area of Accra.

The full list of the eminent administrators is published below: Mr. Ato Ahwoi, Nana Sam Brew Butler, M.N.D.Jawula, Ade Coker, Welbeck Abra Appiah, Joe Aggrey, Prof. Joshua Alabi, Alhaji Aliu Raji, J.Y. Appiah, Commodore Mensah, Harry Zakour, Alhaji Said Sinare, Abbey Pobee, Mr. Joe Kpenge, Dr. K.K. Sarpong, Oheneba Charles, Kwabena Yeboah, Christian Abbew, George Amoako, Sir Sam Jonah, Karl Tuffour, Ackah Anthony.

The rest are Awuah Nyamekye, Randy Abbey, Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, Ben Kwofie, Jones Abu Allassan, Ex-Referee L.O. Laryea, Owuahene Acheampong, C.K. Akonnor, Abedi Ayew Pele, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, Odotei Sowah, Tony Yeboah, Mike Mensah Bonsu, Alhaji Grusah, Ibrahim Sunday, Rev. Osei Kofi, Sam Arday, Stephen Appiah, Kurt Okraku, Mr. Rex Danquah, Prof. Kofi Kumado, Antwi Gyamfi, Maj. Yaw Larson, Hon. Osafo Maafo, Hon. Papa Owusu Ankomah, Hon Rashid Pelpuo, Hon. E. T. Mensah, Hon. AkuaSena Dansoa, Hon. Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, Hon. Clement Humado, Hon. Rashid Bawa, Hon. Mohammed M. Mubarak, Hon. Dominic Fobih, Hon. Amarkai Amarteifio.

Do you think all the key people have been called? Which other names do you want invited for the event? Do you think the event is necessary? Make your views known in the box below


  • oxygen says:
    July 10, 2014 06:00 pm
    why you didnt invite,takyie arhine and Herbert mensah
  • Gha-Zam says:
    July 10, 2014 07:11 pm
    World Cup 2014: Study reveals how teams have been perceived Experts have compiled a database which reveals the words most frequently used to describe countries at the World Cup. The Cambridge University Press study of a range of media sources found the words most associated with England were 'exciting', 'disappointing' and 'inexperienced'. Germany were described as 'powerful', 'focused' and 'committed', with their fellow finalists Argentina being labelled 'confident' and 'unconvincing'. Hosts Brazil were 'emotional', 'popular' and 'desperate'. The multi-billion word database of written and spoken English language was designed to give an indication of how each team was perceived by media and fans alike. Earlier research by the organisation found that confidence levels in England were rated at 77 out of 100 on the day of their opening match, which ended in a 2-1 defeat by Italy. Words used the most to describe countries Team Word 1 Word 2 Word 3 Source: Cambridge University Press Algeria determined pride together Argentina confident flair unconvincing Australia positive effort spirited Belgium flair dark horse talent Bosnia and Hercegovina injustice defensive forceful Brazil emotional popular desperate Cameroon hapless battle chaotic Chile attacking tactical thrilling Colombia unpredictable exciting attacking Costa Rica dynamic pace battle Croatia dangerous tactical competitive Ecuador inconsistent strong potential England exciting inexperienced disappointing France organised defensive exciting Germany powerful focused committed Ghana money strike powerful Greece defensive cautious stubborn Honduras physical spirit robust Iran defend hope drought Italy slow vulnerable pessimism Ivory Coast pace physical struggle Japan possession disappointing frustrated Mexico determined tactical talented Netherlands rampaging strategy stunning Nigeria inexperienced speed tough Portugal frustration ego disappointing Russia drab error mediocre South Korea woeful failure embarrassing Spain defensive poor humiliation Switzerland pace difficult talented United States determined heroic courageous Uruguay bite disgrace do-or-die Also related to
  • Prince Owusu-Yeboah says:
    July 10, 2014 07:43 pm
    This is a waste of time and another waste of tax payers money. Football management in Ghana is not rocket science and we know the sickness that it is suffering. Conflict of interest is number one. Having club owners or club sympathisers run the management of the GFA can never work with integrity, transparency and accountability. Let's not waste time and rather do the right thing. Stop fooling ourselves. Football in Ghana will never reach it's potential if the local league is not well structured and managed. Forget about the Black Stars. The real potential of Ghana football lies with the local league.
  • Sack Coach Appiah says:
    July 10, 2014 07:53 pm
    The only solution to this great team now in divorce is to let coach Appiah go. Coach who hate some players and love others is not a material to lead. National thing is being operate as friends own thing, Coach Appiah must vacate his position in other to bring peace to our National team. Appiah must go is the only answer.
  • afrikaba1 says:
    July 10, 2014 08:42 pm
    Majority are those already friends with GFA members.
  • maubs says:
    July 10, 2014 08:51 pm
    no disrespect to the committee but i dint know we had so many football professors and honuorables. including afriyie ankrah in Ghana. the names confirm what we think-a lot of these have been the voice of what should be done about football in Ghana in all the times that we have not won a trophy. some of the names yes they are wise choices but where is the freshness of thought that we seek? are current footballers going to be represented? how is the committee going to reach out and hear some of the current players who may have genuine concerns and ideas? how are 60 people going to represent all ideas and concerns in two days? could it not be better if a few were selected and mandated to contact different parties and views of the fans too? 60 man committee sounds like a lot of chefs to me to cook a broth.
  • maubs says:
    July 10, 2014 08:58 pm
    everything looks so possible in ghana nowadays but to describe us as money, strike and powerful is a bit too far too. humble, listen learn and more powerful. hopefully we can do away with window dressing of problem, politicising it and ignoring to address the issues properly or to listen to the people and do what is right. God bless ghana and damn corrupt officialdom who brings our name into disrepute all the time.
  • Sly says:
    July 10, 2014 09:09 pm
    Ghana football has no challenges. The coach and the president of the GFA must go period.
  • selfmade says:
    July 10, 2014 09:29 pm
    We have about 30 to 40 names and they should submit their expenses to the ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OFFICE for auditing! The money that ll be spend on these so called football experts ll be more than what we spend in Brazil! Mark it!
  • selfmade says:
    July 10, 2014 09:33 pm
    If afriyie ANKRAH is there as one of the experts, then, god shld have mercy on this country! This is a minister who has brought unprecedented shame to this country and we are still going to spend monies on his PHAT ASS in the name of expert committee! We NEED A SERIOUS REVOLUTION NOW!!
  • Benito says:
    July 10, 2014 10:02 pm
    Do we really need all these guys to brainstorm on our football management????
  • Tanko says:
    July 10, 2014 10:32 pm
    About 65% of then can be trusted. I think it's necessary
  • sam va says:
    July 10, 2014 11:41 pm
    Eeeeem abedi pele and tony yeboah had the same problem of overbloated egos when they played for the black stars so I don't know what they can contribute to this group.
  • voice in the wilderness says:
    July 10, 2014 11:42 pm
    State of confusion. First, three man committee hasn't started their task, then 60 man expert including a failed sports minister, an ex sports minister with a shady past, and many dishonorables. Just invite the ex footballers with global recognition, and some club administrators with proven reputation.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    July 11, 2014 02:50 am
    All these soccer experts convention will be meaningless if Akwasi Appiah is not sacked
  • Mohammed Abubakari says:
    July 11, 2014 04:43 am
    We outplay the Germans We could have been in the finals but as a results of poor managment we thise moment I will spport any player who refuse to play for Ghana.Ghanaians have suffered a is time for change.Appiah and the entire GFA must burn them all.
  • kojo amponsah says:
    July 11, 2014 02:39 pm
    i think Tony Baffoe, Coach Selas Tetteh, Hebert Addo and maybe some more sports journalist and black star players as well