Posted On Wednesday, 3rd April 2013
Honourable Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah says there is no bad blood between his outfit and the Ghana FA, insisting there is no ‘mafia’ at the Ministry of Sports.
Stressing that the two bodies have a common agenda to promote Ghana football, the new Sports Minister says the two outfits enjoy a smooth relationship.
Mr. Ankrah lauded the development of the game in the country under Kwesi Nyantakyi insisting they will continue to work together to take the country to the next level.
There had been reports of previous Sports Ministers thwarting the efforts of the GFA to rapidly develop Ghana soccer but Ankrah has hinted that there is a new direction in sports administration in the country.
Last month an MP was widely condemned for claiming that there is mafia in Ghana sports which has been of concern to many followers of the game in Ghana.
Speaking at a press conference in Kumasi prior to the Ghana/Sudan clash however, the new Sports Minister gave the assurance that his administration would work in unity with the GFA.
According to him, there was no need for the ministry to fight with the GFA, noting that Ghana football would be the eventual loser in that regard.
Hon. Afriyie-Ankrah applauded the GFA for its tireless efforts which had helped bring Ghana football to its current status.
Describing the GFA Boss Kwesi Nyantakyi as his brother, the Sports Minister called for total support from Ghanaians to help move Ghana football forward.
About the perceived ‘mafias’ at the Sports Ministry who usually created problems for ministers, he said, “I have not seen any mafia at the place.”
Hon. Afriyie-Ankrah said he had informed staff at the ministry to rally behind him to rubbish rumours that mafias existed at the ministry.
He said he had taken his new position with an open mind without any malice or bad intentions against anybody, noting that he was bound to succeed.
The Youth and Sports Minister tasked media practitioners to criticize constructively so that together they could move Ghana sports forward.
Hon. Afriyie-Ankrah said his ministry, the GFA and the media, had a single aim to promote sports in Ghana so there was no need for them to fight.