Massive EXPLOSION today as ex-sports minister Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah faces World Cup Commission
A massive explosion is expected today when ex-Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah faces the 2014 World Cup Commission which could prove to be a banana skin for government.
Ankrah, who was axed from the ministry after the tournament in Brazil, is expected to make revelations that could seriously embarrass government especially on why the Black Stars appearance fees delayed.
Serious about his appearance at the commission, Ankrah will make a graphic presentation that using computer and projectors which shows he is ready to spill the beans and exposed those who frustrated his reign.
Ghana paid its players in time for the 2006 and 2010 World Cup but even though the cash was released to the ministry the money failed to get to Brazil to the players leading to a revolt, boycott and beatings by the Blaack Stars.
Angry that he was made a scapegoat for government’s failings, Ankrah is expected to make revelations which could have serious repercussions for President John Mahama.
He will appear before the three-member Commission comprising Justice Senyo Dzamefe, Kofi Anokye Owusu Darko and Moses Foh-Amoaning to provide answers to the many questions regarding what really happened during the Mundial.
Today’s sitting is the former Deputy Local Government Minister’s second official public interview after his appearance on Metro TV’s Good-Evening Ghaana-programme following the Brazil debacle.
He is likely to answer questions on the formation of Committees-Tourism/ Culture, Protocol, Marketing, Events/Logistics, Media – player/official bonuses as well as the infamous lifting of $3m by a private jet and the player-official brawl.
Ghana, after two successive brilliant World Cup appearances in Germany and Brazil, were expected to move a notch higher but failed woefully in their third streak appearance.
And for the first time in the soccer festival, Ghana failed to record a a win, losing two games to USA and Portugal, and drawing one against eventual winners Germany.
Team Ghana was smeared with various degrees of scandal necessitating the formation of the Commission of Inquiry.
Already, bodies like the Ministry of Finance, Bank of Ghana, Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) have appeared before the Commission at the Media Centre of the Accra Stadium.
GFA, contracted Travel and Tour operators and other individuals would be invited to provide answers as the hearing continues.