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Sports News of Tuesday, 31 January 2023


How many fans know him? - Coach Opeele blasts 'novice' Sam George over GFA allegations

Sam Nartey George, the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram Sam Nartey George, the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram

Former Asante Kotoko coach, Isaac Opeele Boateng has lashed out at the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Narteh George over his criticism of the Ghana Football Association.

Coach Opeele Boateng reckons Sam George might be speaking from a position of ignorance as he is not well-versed in the issues of sports.

Coach Opeele believes that the FA will be wasting their time if they decide to press defamatory charges against Sam George for the claims he made against the federation.

“I monitored hue & cry by devil advocates in Gh that, GFA should sue an MP. Basically, The novice MP has no voice in soccer. How many fans know him? It is same way a sports person passing bad political comment would be overlooked cos the person has no voice in politics,” he tweeted.

What did Sam George say

Sam George in a Joy Prime interview made some wild allegations against the Ghana Football Association and its president.

Sam George said that the FA have settled on Chris Hughton as the next Black Stars coach because he can be manipulated.

“That [coaching] job they have given it to Chris Hughton already, so why are we wasting our time?” he quizzed on Joy Prime.

“They have given it to him because they want someone they can manipulate, someone they can use to do their business, someone they can tell him to bring his team selection [with changes being made with regards to agency call-ups] regardless of how long the person has played or not played.

“People are using GFA to make money; they are using it to feed their family.”

When asked whether he had proof of his comments, he said, “Tell me how Baba Rahman found his way to the last squad at the final game at the World Cup [v Uruguay]. What ball did he play? What ball had he played? Is Baba Rahman’s agent not our GFA president?”

GFA reaction

The Ghana Football Association have condemned the statement from Sam George, describing it insult.

Reacting to Sam George's comment, Prosper Harrison Addo said it is disrespectful for the Member of Parliament to insinuate that they have been manipulating Black Stars coaches in the past.

"It is insulting to the GFA and whichever coach he is talking about. The coaches we have hired are all fathers so if you can't disrespect your father, then don't disrespect others.

"Are you trying to say that the coaches are fools because I have worked here for three years and I haven't seen any coach we have hired who is a fool? How can you say we manipulate coaches who are even older than us. All of the people talking they don't know the people they are talking about," he said on Angel FM.