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Sports News of Thursday, 3 March 2016


Western Region FA boss berates Sports Minister

Outspoken Western Regional FA chairman Kojo Yankah has berated Sports minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye as a 'loose-talker' and vows the Ghana FA will help the government to collapse football in the West African nation.

The Western Regional FA chief is incensed by the unwarranted attacks from the new sports minister, who appears to have mapped out a hardline approach towards the FA.

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye appears to have bite off more than he can chew after he claimed deep-seated understanding of the game than members of the federation in his latest salvo.

The former broadcaster, who is believed to have fractious relationship with the Ghana FA, has publicly displayed his antagonistic approach towards the FA with his utterances.

And Western Regional FA chief Kojo Yankah has vowed his outfit will help the government to collapse football in the country.

"He is just a talkative. Who are you, you are nobody," he referred to the new sports minister on Kumasi-based Nhyira FM

"You can say your mind but it'sup to us to take it on board or not.

"You can't sit on radio and talk about Ghana football like that.

"Even the current FIFA boss cannot tell the GFA what we should do.

"If the government is tired of taking care of the national teams, tired of paying money for the national teams, they should just tell us.

"So that we can all help to collapse Ghana football." he fumed

"He has to bring peace and stop talking they way he is doing. What can he do? What can he do? Absolutely nothing!

"He has no business with the Ghana FA. The minister must understand that."

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye scored an embarrassing own goal when he claimed that the Ghana FA airlifts money to players when in fact it is government that airlifts the cash to players of the national team.

The former sports journalist displayed his ignorance when he fired his first salvo at the GFA by claiming he would have problems with the federation if bonuses for players are airlifted to the Black Stars.

In a wide ranging interview calculated to show a hardline approach towards the GFA, the minister embarrassed himself by implying that the GFA is neck deep in flying money to pay the bonuses of the players.

Yet it is the sports ministry that flies the cash to pay for players bonuses with the GFA completely left out of the process as accountants from his own office are responsible for paying the players.

Vanderpuije already has a fractious relationship with the GFA as nearly six years ago he was part of the group of members of the ruling NDC party seeking to overthrown elected members of the federation in militaristic fashion.

They succeeded in removing BT Baba from office as the chairman of the Ghana Olympic Committee through a military style election at dawn when some candidates were told that voting would be held the next day.