Soccer News of Wednesday, 16 July 2014
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has warned the country could face further embarrassment if the government’s Commission of Enquiry (CoE) goes ahead with its work.
President John Mahama recently instituted the CoE using a Constitutional Instrument 82 as against an initial Ministerial Committee established to investigate the case.
Government, during the just ended 2014 World Cup in Brazil airlifted $3 million to settle the appearance fees of aggrieved Black Stars players. The adventure attracted international ridicule among others.
GFA Spokesperson Ibrahim Sanni Daara told Joy News “When the Committee was set up, it had our full blessings; we were ready to offer ourselves to help the committee in its work.
Anybody called from the Ghana Football Association will appear. However, if it has been transformed into a Commission, it is up to us to decide if it falls under FIFA’s purview.”
He said the GFA did not oppose to any investigation but rather insisted that everything should be done within the statutes of FIFA.
Moreover, he indicated that any more publications about the matter in the media could lead to more embarrassment.
According to him, the World football governing body, FIFA, is actively monitoring events in the country.
The CoE intends to probe the Black Stars’ preparation to the mundial in Brazil and their poor show, which led to an early exit.
Also, it is in its power to enquire into matters relating to technical and management of the team by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) officials as well as issues regarding how supporters were carted to the tournament by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Establishment of the Commission has been greeted with several oppositions by lawyers and the opposition in Ghana’s legislature.