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Government forced GFA to appoint Black Stars technical advisor- Sports Minister Ayariga

Published on: 28 August 2014
Ghana's bench at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

Government coerced the Ghana Football Association into naming a technical adviser to work with Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah, says sports minister, Mahama Ayariga.

Ayariga confirmed that government requested for a Black Stars technical advisor to be appointed in their bid to whip things into shape for the senior national team.

The Ghana Football Association set up a three-man committee to find the suitable candidate and has shortlisted Serb Milovan Rajevac and Flemming Serritslev out of 16 applicants.

Some football fans have criticized this decision and accused the Ghana FA of trying to impose senior man on head coach Kwesi Appiah.

But the Sports Ministry has absolved the Kwesi Nyantakyi-led of any blame saying decision to strengthen the technical team of the national team came from government.

"The truth of the matter is that government is very interested in the welfare of the Black Stars and all the national teams,” Ayariga told Joy Sports.

“Government remains very committed to ensuring that the Black Stars and all the national teams get the highest quality of coaching that Ghana can afford and the highest quality of technical support.

“But ultimately the decision about the implementation is for the Ghana Football Association so ultimately the responsibility is theirs.”

The revelation shows that the government in neck-deep into the affairs of the GFA despite the open denial in their involvement in the matters of the federation.

Ayariga says the search for a technical advisor for the Black Stars is a Government decision, but insists it is the responsibility of the FA to look for a competent person for the Job.

The ministry initially denied pushing the move for a Technical advisor when reports suggested ex-German international Klaus Topmoller was being considered for the job.

Meanwhile, the group tasked to hunt for a technical advisor for Coach Kwasi Appiah is expected to complete its search in the coming days.

It is widely expected that former Black Stars head coach Milovan Rajevac or Flemming Serritslev, a Dane, could be handed the job.



This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • agobtimi says:
    August 29, 2014 07:34 am
    y always gov't. gfa let Milo come fast and save d black stars
  • Jim says:
    August 29, 2014 12:10 am
    Absorbed? GSN really? Brofo yedur indeed.
  • ndoondoo says:
    August 28, 2014 09:44 pm
    so why were we told kwesi appiah requested for the technical advisor? and why did he quite about it? what kind of people are leading us at all? i am sick and tired of being sick and tired.
  • Fish says:
    August 28, 2014 08:57 pm
    @Dr.Who, Oti Akenteng is the chief whip of GFA
    August 28, 2014 09:32 pm
    With all due respect to gsn i dont see where in thd article above that the minister said they were the ones who requested for a technical advisor. Please gsn, the caption is misleading
  • Rasheed says:
    August 28, 2014 07:50 pm
    It is all waste of money. Appiah should have been fired. because he is dumb and keeps on using the method of trial and error in his coaching.
  • Jamesy says:
    August 28, 2014 08:14 pm
    No white technical director and no white God. Wise up black people.
  • designer baby says:
    August 28, 2014 08:35 pm
    So is not appiah who made the request but govt, bunch of liars .who what sort of people do we have in authority?????
  • Dr Who says:
    August 28, 2014 08:35 pm
    what is the role of Oti Akenteng.....we are just wasting the tax payers money...
  • Divaro says:
    August 28, 2014 10:33 pm
    Where in the article did the minister say it was government that requested the appointment of a technical advisor?
  • James, says:
    August 28, 2014 10:48 pm
    So if the so-called technical director is finally appointed, who pays him, GFA or government? It has been revealed at the Commission that the GFA pays salaries of coaches hence hiding behind FIFA to refuse government interest in its finances. Why then should the government interfere in the appointment of a technical director instead of completely stepping aside and washing its hands off thus leaving everything to the GFA? Why should the government come in again? What would be the role of Oti Akenteng and Kwasi Appiah himself? Two kings cannot drive the same car, if it breaks down, who will get down to push it?
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    August 29, 2014 10:47 am
    I think I am reading the wrong article. This one does not say anything about the Government getting involved with the technical director. GSN, please apologise to the sports ministry if you can not substantiate your allegations. WOW!!! What a sad and misleading write-up. I think some of GSN's writers need serious training in logical thinking and reasoning.
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    August 29, 2014 12:21 pm
    "Government coerced the Ghana Football Association into naming a technical adviser to work with Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah, says sports minister, Mahama Ayariga." FIFA forbids govts to interfere into FA affairs; how come that this time around GFA did not report the govt to FIFA?? Is it becos GFA cannot fire AA without causing financial loss to the state, and so are seeking this "bailout" from the govt?? GFA thought AA would resign if told that a Technical Director is being appointed to monitor his work! Unfortunately, AA refused to resign and lose all those thousands has collected as signing fee and also pay rise; for him its like "hold your nose to farm on a shit farm"! It is easyearned money and any wise person would not let go such hugh amount of money! So the truth is GFA sought the help of the govt to play an alibi function by suggesting that they "coerced" GFA to appoint a Technical Director for AA! CONFUSED LOT!!!