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Sports News of Friday, 28 April 2017


Takyi Arhin backs Isaac Asiamah to succeed at Sports Ministry

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Astute Football Administrator Takyi Arhin has mentioned that he is confident that Hon. Isaac Asiamah would succeed as a Sports Minister.

Hon. Asiamah, Member of Parliament for Atwima Mponua in the Ashanti Region, was handed the position after the New Patriotic Party won the 2016 General Elections. He replaced Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye.

Asiamah who has worked on the Committee for Sports at Ghana’s Parliamentary House, has started well as required of every Minister barely two months in office

The outspoken Takyi Arhin opined on Space FM, that the Minister’s silent way of approaching issues would make him succeed at a department where majority of the people who have managed had failed.

‘’Coming events always tell their own schedules. You remember people jubilated at GFA Congress when the NDC lost the General Elections because of former sport minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye. They said that the devil is going and the angel, Asiamah is coming. They thought the change of government would tilt things in their favour,’’ he told Sunyani-base Space FM.
‘’For now looking at the way the sports minister is directing affairs I think it’s good.

‘’He’s acting in silence so by the time you would realized he would’ve finished with what he wanted to do. Unlike Nii Lantey who always speak for them to know what’s ahead of them. I’m so happy with Asiamah’s attitude. It’s all good for the sake of Ghana football. There will be sanity in our game and I’m so happy for that.

‘’If he can gather momentum and continue this way I think sanity will prevail. The suspicions and acrimonies will be a thing of the past.

Few weeks ago, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Speaker, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu revealed that the Committee on Mines and Energy has terminated the contract between the GNPC and Ghana Football Association. However, upon lobbying the Sports Minister has also come out stating emphatically that the $3m yearly sponsorship deal has been restored and that the new agreement would ensure all national teams and sporting disciplines benefit from the sponsorship from the Oil Exploration Company.

Takyi Arhin believes that it is a good call by the minister but that care should be taken in order not for the Ministry to take the opportunity to enrich themselves.

‘’It’s good the Sports Ministry will control the disbursement of the money but we have to be careful because they may also misuse it to their favour. They have a reason for doing that and as a result they should be checked as well.

‘’If the FA finishes with their budget it should be scrutinized by the Public Interest Committee before it even gets to the Ministry,’’ he added.

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