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Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga vows to redeem Ghana's football image

Published on: 11 July 2014
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Youth and Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has vowed to redeem Ghana's football image following an embarrassing exit from the 2014 World Cup.

Addressing a team of eminent football administrators and personalities the minister said he is "committed to redeeming the image of football in the world."

"I am also committed to developing the quality of football in Ghana," he added.

60 eminent football administrators, including Abedi Pele, Stephen Appiah, Randy Abbey, Dr Nyaho Tamakloe, Akua Sena Dansua and Mr Rashid Pelpuo were named by the Sports Minister to review Ghana's football and make recommendations.

The Administrators met Friday in what was the beginning of a two-day seminar in Accra.

The review has also become necessary following Ghana's first round exit from the 2014 World Cup which saw the West African country amassing just one point out of a possible nine.

The disappointing exit was also characterised with reports of player indiscipline and an embarrassing airlifting of $3million from Ghana to Brazil to pay appearance fees of disgruntled players.

The incident made Ghana the subject of global ridicule.

A three-member committee has been constituted by government to look into the circumstances surrounding Ghana's shameful exit and make recommendations.

But the minister is convinced the 60 eminent football administrators would provide the appropriate recommendations to fix Ghana's football.

Contrary to assertion that government is subtly attempting to interfere in Ghana's football, the FA spokesperson Ibrahim Saani Daara told the seminar is in collaboration with the Ministry.

He said the FA is happy to be part of the seminar geared to improving Ghana football.



This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • Tico says:
    July 12, 2014 02:20 am
    @PITOI want to know why you are called pito?,is it because you drink a lot of pito or what?.
  • Tico says:
    July 12, 2014 12:54 am
    @PITO,Why are you called pito?,is it because you drink a lot pito or what?.
  • Carbonite says:
    July 12, 2014 01:20 am
    stop that barbaric attitude!!!
  • PITO says:
    July 12, 2014 12:29 am
    I think the behavior of Michael essien, sulley muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng should be strongly discouraged. However the choice of players such as a swapping of goal keepers should be explained by the coach to the public and players involved especially when we the public do not see any SENSIBLE reason to do so. Football wise and fitness wise. In stemming player power/individuality We should be careful not to give our national team to another power crazed individual who owes no explanation to anyone and may sell the team on the black market without our knowledge! TRUST ISSUES!
  • fish says:
    July 11, 2014 11:43 pm
    I want ugly nyantskyie and flat face saanie diarra to be flogged properly at opera square.Thanks.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    July 11, 2014 06:38 pm
    Another stupid Ghana man considering his stomach first, watch your mouth and seek advice from malam Isa you moron. I Nana Adwoa Twekese have always accused some Ghanaian men both old and young as stupid, lacking critical thinking and always acting like babies. What Mr. Ben Coffie is displaying is a typical example of what I have being saying since the beginning of the world cup preparation till date. Now, about 99% of the comments here are from Ghanaian men and what is the common theme " fire the coach, fire Gfa, bring the "big 3 back" and a lot of insults". First, all stupid men here have to realised that Essien, Muntari and KPB are at end of their career's. Although, the most sensible men here can argue that what i'm saying depends on their season with their verious clubs. But if you're a woman soccer savvy like me than, you have consider building a team for the for the next world cup and Essien, KPB and Muntari shouldn't be part of that plans. Ghana man and insults. They're ready to pounds but common sense dictates that " in soccer the age of the player, the freguency of injuries, his club and current worth partially determines where he plays and for which team". KPB, Essien, and Muntari are not going to feature in any coaches plans 100% because they not reliable. Stupid Ghana man after reading this will still ask the me why. They are injury prone you moron. If you expert Milan and Schalke to build their teams around these guys or allowed them to play 60mins in each match than consider your stupidity top of the line. After our two matches with Egypt; I wrote on this site that our Coach AA is tactically bankrupt, the entire technical bench is bankrupt. I said this in comparison to the US Men team(usmnt), where Berti vogts was their chief technical advisor and Klinsman is the coach. These two men have experienced it all since 94' world cup, 96' european cup, 98 world cup, 2000' European cup and 2002 worldcup etc. Now, AA has his technical advisors the stupid old boys rooting for AA; Ben koufie, Sam Addy, Oti Akenten and the almight corrupt Afranie. Can one stupid Ghana man tell me one single Achiement of these old boys besides the youth tournaments? please. A lot of you guys decended on me with insults when I said this, now you all see how stupid men you're especially FOOLISH MAN BENITO. Stupidy Ghana man think. As long as these old boys mention above are around the G(FA) and corrupt Nyantekyi is the president get it in your head you morons AA and Maxell Konadu are not moving an inch from the black stars technical area. Nyantekye and the old boys find AA easy to push around, why do you think guys like Jordan Ayew, Rabiu, Adoma, Nkoom etc find their way to the BS camp while competent injury free and potent players like Richmond Boakye, Schllup etc were drop. Ghana man never cease to amazed me with his constant stupidity. Etwe and insults are Ghana man bedrock, Gyimi.
  • Big Boss says:
    July 11, 2014 07:10 pm
    @Nana Adwoa, very good analyses and submission! Anyway, how 'kese' is your 'twe'? Twekese! Hahaahaa!!!
  • Assisi says:
    July 11, 2014 08:29 pm
    @Nana Adwoa T. Kese You are man and so stop impersonating and embarrassing women. No woman in their right man would come to this site and call herself T. Kese
  • Assisi says:
    July 11, 2014 08:30 pm
    Assisi July 11, 2014 @Nana Adwoa T. Kese You are man and so stop impersonating and embarrassing women. No woman in their right mind would come to this site and call herself T. Kese
  • navy seal USA says:
    July 11, 2014 08:34 pm
    Nana Adwoa,well done.Big boss is one of the names Selfmade uses He uses bobby and blazer.Ras tee,union leader and fuckn other names. The least said about Benito the better.Never known anybody so stupid.
  • afrikaba1 says:
    July 11, 2014 09:30 pm
    Well said Nana Adwoa Twekese. @Big Boss lmao!
  • selfmade says:
    July 12, 2014 03:34 am
    Everybody u see is selfmade! U blind dude! There is only one INFAMOUS M.A.D.E and that's me! Aren't no big boss! Bob and blazer is a blogger who has been here a long time! Am selfmade or INFAMOUS M.A.D.E and if I want to reply to any comments, I use my real name and not any pseudo name so stop your bull! Keep my name out of your write ups! Go to the archives and see if these two names doesn't exist long time!
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    July 12, 2014 06:50 am
    @ Thanks....Enough to swallow all inches.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    July 12, 2014 06:53 am
    @ Big Boss, thanks....enough to swallow all inches.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    July 12, 2014 07:10 am
    Amazing Ghana man...the more I tried to restrict myself from exposing the naivety of some Ghana man. They keep on proving my point of their stupidity. So, you can believe a woman can observe mens game and their behaviour and comment objectively really. I am Nana Adwoa Twekese....Los angeles, california. Education: GED. Dropout...Armed Forces Primary School-Kumasi....Marital Status:11 times Divorcee, now anything goes. Anyway, I have been a student of soccer since 1985. I did not get a chance to play because I have 93 pounds load in front of me.