Ghana's new sports minister sets up three-man committee investigate World Cup disaster
Ghana’s new sports minister has set up a three-man committee to investigate Ghana’s poor showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Mahama Ayariga named an Appeals Court Judge Justice Senyo Dzamefe to head the committee that includes ace Sports broadcaster Moses Foh Amoaning and sports enthusiast Kofi Anokye Darko.
The committee became necessary after Ghana’s first round exit in the ongoing 2014 World Cup while some off-the-field problems also affected the Black Stars.
The committee has been asked to enquire into how the Black Stars prepared for the tournament and possible lapses therein which might have caused their early exit from the tournament, indicating that coach Kwesi Appiah and management might be called before the committee.
They will also enquire into matters relating to the management of the Ghana Black Stars team and events in their camp during the tournament while advising government on how to fund national teams in future.
They will look into matters relating to Ghana’s treatment of Ghanaian football fans who were sent to support the Black Stars by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The exit crowned scandalous events off the field including an embarrassing airlifting of $3 million cash on a presidential jet, an act which made Ghana a subject of global ridicule.
There was also player agitation and a reported assault in which a player-Sulley Muntari-slapped a management member, Moses Parker.
Critics including the opposition New Patriotic Party have demanded an investigation into the scandals that rocked Ghana’s World Cup outing.
The NPP insisted on having a bipartisan parliamentary enquiry into the scandals but a statement from government says the three-man committee is competent to do a good job.
The committee has one month to present its report.
The new Minister gave an assurance that Government will act on the recommendation of the Committee.
Government believes that a forward-looking inquiry will expose lapses to engender reforms to improve the organization of Ghana’s participation in future football tournaments,” the statement said.