Sports News of Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Youth and Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has denied all claims he has an agenda against Kwesi Nyantakyi and his administration.
There has been frosty relationship between the FA and the Sports Ministry since Nii Lante was appointed Sports Minister with some claiming he has a personal score to settle.
But Nii Lante has rebuffed such claims stating he solely wants to repair the image of football in the country.
“When the president swore me in as the Sports Minister, he told me to work to raise the image of football in Ghana high but people think I have problem with them but it is not so because I only want the right thing to be done.
“I have followed football and played football even before the professionals era came so when I am talking, I am not ignorant about what I am saying. The truth is that our local league is not attractive and it is sinking. If they say it is one of the best, why are they not getting sponsorship?
“I am ready to give out anything and I must confess that even our Olympic team, the government did not give them anything but we got all the money we had from corporates entities and our ambassadors also helped us to mobilize some money for us.
“There are some things that I have been quiet about it and I don’t want to talk about it because I was once a GHALCA representative before Kwesi Nyantakyi came so why will I have problem with Nyantakyi at this time.
“I don’t agree Ghana spending $1,000,000 only for the Black Stars but when I came I have reduced that but the truth is that we don’t have money too and even some of the items that we use at the ministry, I buy from my pocket.
“I don’t care who is the FA president but my sole aim is to work with anybody at the FA to raise the image of Ghana football higher.” Nii Lante added.