Ghanaâ€™s Presidential CommissionÂ of inquiry into the BlackÂ stars shambolic World Cup campaignÂ has insisted it will carry outÂ the probe despite a warning fromÂ the world governing body, FiFA.
The government-mooted probeÂ insists FIFA cannot intimidate theÂ commission from stopping its workÂ citing the sovereign independence ofÂ Ghana.
A member of the commission,Â Moses Foh-Amoaning, rubbished theÂ world governing bodyâ€™s threats thatÂ the terms of reference of the commissionÂ violates FIFAâ€™s statutes insistingÂ the Switzerland-based body cannotÂ stop the three-man body from investigatingÂ the Ghana FA.
Foh-Amoaningâ€™s sharp reactionÂ to FIFA came in the wake of threatsÂ by the worldâ€™s football governingÂ body to apply appropriate sanctionsÂ against the move.
FIFA has warned that a CommissionÂ to investigate the Ghana FootballÂ Association (GFA) and delve intoÂ issues bordering on the competenceÂ and administration of football in theÂ country is inappropriate.
This, it said, could lead to sanctionsÂ if the government goes aheadÂ with the Commissionâ€™s terms of reference.Â But Foh-Amoaning, a legal practitioner,Â hit back at FIFA saying:
â€œAsÂ a sovereign nation, the Ghana GovernmentÂ has the right to probe theÂ Starsâ€™ campaign in Brazil since it is ofÂ public interest.
â€œUnder no circumstance wouldÂ we be intimidated by anybody orÂ power and would cross the bridgeÂ when we get there,â€ he said.
In a letter dated August 7 andÂ signed by Deputy General SecretaryÂ of FIFA, Markus Kattner, the bodyÂ warned the country to stay clear ofÂ interfering in the affairs of the GFAÂ and to respect the autonomy of theÂ FA or risk sanctions.
Mr Foh-Amoaning said all football-Â related activities could be subjectedÂ to probe when necessary, citingÂ how the Swizz Police once raidedÂ the office of the FIFA President, SeppÂ Blatter, unannounced in order to gainÂ access to some vital documents in aÂ matter which was under investigation.
â€œMy brothers, tell me of whatÂ became of that action by the police.Â Was Switzerland sanctioned becauseÂ of that investigation by the police?â€Â he quizzed.
The Commission, which startsÂ sitting today August 11 and workingÂ within a two-week period, has beenÂ tasked to look into the principles andÂ policies that underpin systems andÂ structures employed by the FA inÂ running Ghana football.
They are mandated, amongst others,Â to look into events as pertainedÂ to preparations, exit, treatment ofÂ fans, remuneration of players andÂ officials.
It is expected, therefore, to giveÂ an overview and recommendationsÂ per their findings at the close ofÂ work.