GFA cancels press conference reaction to government’s white paper

The Ghana Football Association was forced to cancel an elaborate press conference, Friday, to respond to the white paper issued by government on the damning revelations by the Commission of Enquiry on Ghana’s poor showing at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Communications Director of the FA, Ibrahim Sanni Darra could only managed a few words at the Accra Sports staduim venue, explaining to disappointed journalists, the Association’s lawyers recommended the cancellation.

According to the FA, the lawyers say, they are yet to obtain a copy of government’s white paper for an informed response.

They wouldn’t want to comment on media reports that revealed details of the white paper, Joy News’ George Addo Jnr reports.

Government published the paper after studying the World Cup report authored by the Dzamefe Commission which examined Ghana’s flawed participation in the football tournament.

President Mahama with the three-member World Cup commission

The Ghana Football Association and its President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, now face a forensic audit for financial dealings in matches played by the Black Stars in the lead up to Ghana’s participation in the 2014 FIFA tournament last June.

Government also wants Kwesi Nyantakyi to explain how he used $200,000 given the Association by the state for a friendly match.

The white paper is set to spark controversy after government rejected Dzamefe Commission’s recommendation for former Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah to refund 15,000 cedis meant for transport at the 2014 World Cup.

Joy Sports’ Gary Al-Smith believes that government has freed its officials accused of wrongdoing and directed a gun at the Ghana Football Association.

He believes the GFA is being used as a scape goat.
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