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Sports News of Saturday, 12 August 2017


GFA failed to hold Avram Grant to task - Fred Pappoe

Former Ghana FA Vice President, Fred Pappoe has revealed that the federation failed in its responsibility to hold Avram Grant to task when the Israeli was handed the Black Stars job.

According to the Great Olympics director, the former Chelsea boss was the most suitable person for the job but the Israeli turned ended up disrespecting Ghanaians with the way he went about his duties.

In an interview on the Football Legends Night Show on GH One TV, Pappoe said, “I was a member of the panel that selected him (Avram Grant), and up till now I have no regret recommending that he should be brought on board but there are two things”,

“If you recruit a person to do a job for you, you must make clear the terms of reference from the deliverables and then you must supervise and ensure that he is doing what he was brought on board for, ” he stated.

“So there was missing link somewhere and I will say it was an act of shirking of responsibility on our part to the extent that we didn’t manage him”,

“So if this is how we going to threat foreign coaches when we bring them board then we should not waste our time,” Pappoe ended.

The former Chelsea boss was appointed as the coach of the Black Stars in 2014 and two month later at the 2015 Africa Cup Nations, he lead the Black Stars all the way to the finals having lost on penalties to eventual champions Cote d’Ivoire.

He also led the Black Stars at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations where they suffered a semi-final elimination at the hands of Cameroon which led to his eventual resignation from the post earlier in the year