One of Ghana’s World Cup ambassadors and ex-captain of the Black Stars Charles K. Akunnor has expressed frustrations at how he and 13 others were flown to Brazil to do nothing.
“We weren’t doing anything”, he confessed Monday to the Justice Dzamefe Commission of Inquiry which is investigating circumstances surrounding Ghana’s poor FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil.
The Ministry of Sports unveiled 14 ambassadors who were supposed to rally support for the Black Stars, help raise funds and brand Ghana, an African football powerhouse, while in Brazil last June.
But after helping raise funds, C.K Akunnor lamented how he and others were cramped into the popular stand to watch Ghana’s first World Cup match against USA.
The former Black Stars captain said he was surprised to know that some Ghanaians got VIP tickets.
“We got popular stand tickets, not VIP,” he said.
But things got worse. The ambassadors were stranded at the airport before the second game against Germany and had to sleep at the airport.
Demoralised by the happenings, C.K Akunnor declined to go to the stadium to watch the last game against Portugal. He watched it on T.V
“It was really embarrassing. We were very furious. If it is Brazil, we have been there during our active days. What exactly are we doing here?”
He acknowledged that although the idea by the former Minister of Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah to send ambassadors to Brazil was laudable, “the approach and the people he worked with didn’t do the job.”
C.K Akunnor said as a former captain of the Black Stars, he was disappointed not to have a single opportunity to meet the players while in Brazil.
“We didn’t know where they were, we weren’t close to them”, he said.
With nothing to do as an Ambassador and a former Black Stars player, he said it was no wonder that a former player and an ambassador Kwame Ayew left Brazil to attend to his personal matters. Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Edwin Appiah|[email protected]
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