Scandals and ridicule haunt Ghana sports ministry

By Dasmani Laary

Posted on Tuesday, 1 July 2014 12:55

Dramani gave no reason for his move, but called for a “post-World Cup committee” to investigate Ghana’s abysmal performance, where they were eliminated in the group stages at the World Cup tournament underway in Brazil.


Ghana attracted huge international ridicule after $3 million dollars was flown into Brazil on a chartered flight to pay $100,000 appearance fee for each of the 23 players and the technical team.

Reports indicate that brouhaha at the black stars’ camp witnessed midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari being suspended for what the Football Association (FA) said was “an unprovoked physical attack” on Ghana football association executive committee member, Moses Armah.

Kevin-Prince Boateng was also suspended indefinitely for allegedly using vulgar language on coach, James Appiah at one of their training sessions.

Individuals and organisations are also demanding a probe into the activities of the minister, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah during the tournament, while others are demanding the removal of the Ghana FA president, Kwasi Nyantekyi.


A travel agency contracted to transport the football team has also called for an investigation into the sport minister, accusing him of “usurping our mandate to airlift supporters”.

The Ghana FA has not issued any official communication or responded to recalls for the removal of some of the key officials.

Ghana’s sport ministry has never been far from controversy and commentators and analysts are pondering whether the incoming minister, Mahama Ayariga would have what it takes to sail through the hot waters and stem the tides of many scandals hitting it.

Former youth and sport minister, Mallam Ali Yusuf Isa, was alleged to have played a role in mysterious disappearance of over $46,000 belonging to the ministry.

While, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak was alleged to have blown over GH¢16,640 on his child’s groceries, as well as unilaterally sanctioning the release of more than GH¢1,4 million to the Sports Council.


Shortly after the exit of the Black Stars, Afriyie-Ankrah was reassigned as a Minister of State in the Presidency, while his deputy, Joseph Yammin sent to Ashanti region, as a regional minister taking over from Joseph Alexander Ackon who has been relocated to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as a deputy.

Minister of state at the presidency, Fifi Kwetey is headed to the ministry of food and agriculture.

Information and media relations minister, Mahama Ayariga has been moved to head the youth and sports ministry, with Vincent Oppong Asamoah, who was a deputy minister for ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, set to deputise him, a statement from the presidency said on Saturday.

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