REVEALED: The origin of the ‘war’ between the Sports Ministry and GFA

Tuesday 6th September , 2016 1:15 pm
Nii Lante Vanderpuye (left) and GFA boss, Kwesi Vanderpuye
Nii Lante Vanderpuye (left) and GFA boss, Kwesi Vanderpuye

Deputy General Secretary in charge of Communications of the Ghana Football Association, Ibrahim Saane Daara, has revealed that the Sports Minister’s comments in relation to a friendly match played between Japan and Ghana earlier this year started the current impasse between the GFA and the MOYS.

The said friendly, which was played in May, ended 3-0 in favour of Japan but soon after that, the Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye said he was not informed of the trip to Japan by the Ghana Football Association.

However, Saane Daara revealed that the Minister was well aware of the match in Japan and that point marked the start of the tension between the FA and the Sports Ministry.

Speaking on Sports Panorama last Friday, he admitted that justifying the FA’s actions to the sector Minister was not out of place but the football association was not happy with the fact that the Minister was not using official means to communicate his ideas to them.

“There is nothing wrong with justifying our actions to the Minister but up till now, he has not officially told us (his actions). He says it on radio and that does not constitute a notice. When he was being appointed by the President, he was not told by radio. He was brought in and given a letter.”

He went on: “We stayed in respectful silence but what actually sparked us to respond was when he said the Ghana Football Association took the local Black Stars to Japan without informing the Ministry.

We knew that the man was walking in a field of land mines in big boots and not caring where to step.

The Minister was informed at a meeting in which he was told of the trip to Japan and the accompanying modalities. He even ordered Avram Grant to go with the team to Japan.

It is all on record. The meeting had the GFA President, the GFA Vice-President, Alex Asante and Avram Grant in attendance.”

The feud between the two entities has led to a war of words in the media between Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuye and members of the Ghana Football Association.

Recently, the Minister granted an interview to Accra-based Asempa FM and stated that the local league was unattractive but the Premier League Board responded in a strong statement to debunk the Minister’s claims.

Black Stars coach Avram Grant has called for the two bodies to end their dispute since it was affecting the team ahead of the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which begin next month.




By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana