Former Black Stars captain, CK Akunnor has who appeared before the Justice Dzamefe led Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Ghana’s dismal performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has revealed that, his ambassadorial role was irrelevant in Brazil.
CK Akunnor was mentioned as one of Ghana’s World Cup ambassadors paid over $20,000 each on a state-sponsored all-expenses paid trip to the global football tournament in June.
They were to supposedly lead cheering of the Black Stars and help brand Ghana in Brazil as well as generating funds for the team in Ghana.
However, CK Akunnor on Monday told the commission that; situation in Brazil was far different as been reported by the former Youth and Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah.
“My Lord, we [the ambassadors] were given popular stand tickets instead of VIP tickets promised to watch Black Stars matches. Even with that, there were glitches which were rather sorted out by a travel agency,” he told the Commission of Inquiry.
He noted that, “in our stay in Brazil, we the ex-footballers cum ambassadors were not given the chance to get closer to the team [Black Stars] to advise them”.
“Most of us were disappointed with the treatments in Brazil and wanted to return home…I personally wanted to return home” he said, adding that, though he was disenchanted “I felt proud because I was working for Ghana”.