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Sports News of Tuesday, 28 April 2020


Palmer in trouble over GFA officials influence selection claim

Owner of Tema Youth, Wilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer Owner of Tema Youth, Wilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer

For passing remarks that sought to denigrate the GFA and bring the name of the game into disrepute, owner of Tema Youth FC, Osei Kwaku Palmer will likely face the Ethics Committee of the GFA, has learnt.

The former Black Stars Management Committee chairman on Monday revealed that officials of the GFA influence selections into the various national teams.

According to Palmer some players only got opportunities to be in the various national team due to underhand dealings by some FA officials.

“This is an open secret that GFA officials influence the selection of players into the national team. There are some players who come to the national team but are not fit to be in the team”.

“We have so many missing pieces and selfish interest which are the drivers as far as most personalities in the Black Stars and the GFA are concerned, he told Graphic Sports.

Sources close to the FA tell GhanaWeb that the association has taken notice of the comments by Palmer and will haul him before the Ethics Committee.

Palmer has a history of being on the wrong side of the FA’s code of ethics.

It could be recalled that in 2018, the outspoken football administrator was dragged before the committee for some comments he made in relation to Ghana’s botched World Cup qualification campaign.

“I was quite surprised that Ghanaians and the media sided with former Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye [about not budgeting for indemnities] when the government whitepaper on the Dzamefe Commission report clearly indicated that unclassified payments were legal in the concept of our budget.”

“If we had spent around $300,000 [on referees], and stood to benefit about $8 million [by appearing at the World Cup], I see nothing wrong with it,” he said.