Soccer News of Saturday, 3 September 2016
Source: Raymond Agbonlahol Yeboah
An executive member of the Ghana Football Association(GFA), Kofi Manu
has claimed that, the Ghana FA sponsored the Black Stars of Ghana for
the 2015 Afcon tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
The loud-mouth football administrator revealed that the then youth and
sports minister, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, sent a letter dated 15th
January, 2015 to the GFA requesting for the pre-financing of the 2015
Nations Cup in an amount worth 1.7million USD.
Mr. Manu popularly known as “Blue Boy” in the Ghanaian football circle
indicated that his outfit paid heed to the minister’s call due to
their cordial relationship between them.
However, the vociferous GFA member has stated that the current sports
minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has no cause to complain as they can
equally do same this time round.
“This is not the first time the sports minister is facing challenges
regarding financial problems,” he told Kumas-based radio station Ahoto
“There has been some mutual understanding between the Ghana FA and the
sports minister in funding a project or other things involving
expenses,” he added.
He continued: “Let me reveal this to you today that in 2015, the then
sports minister, Hon. Mahama Ayariga sent us a letter requesting for
the financing of the 2015 Afcon by the Ghana FA,”
“In that letter, the minister demanded an amount of 1.7 million USD
from the FA to be used in financing the Afcon tournament in Equatorial
Guinea. And with the promise of refunding the money, the GFA paid heed
to the minister’s request and gave out that money,”
“In fact, the meeting took place in the chief of staff’s office in
2015 and as I’m speaking to you now; the ministry has not paid back
the amount to the Ghana FA .”