Sports News of Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Ibrahim Saanie Dara has confirmed that he remains a staff of the Ghana Football Association despite not receiving any salary since the airing of the Number 12 documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas in June 2018.
The former Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association, says he is unaware if his employee status was changed by the defunct Normalisation Committee which took over the running of the FA in the aftermath of the exposé.
He says that despite being frozen out and excluded from the Association’s staff meetings since June 2018, he holds no grudges against anyone.
“I am still a staff of the Ghana Football Association but I have not been paid since Number 12 and I don’t know why. I met Dr Kofi Amoah (Head of the Normalisation Committee) a couple of times but I never had any formal invitations calling me for staff meetings. When the Normalisation started I remember receiving a phone call that come for a meeting, and five minutes after that call, there was another call from the same person that said don’t come. I was surprised but it doesn’t bother me, does it. Even with the GFA I thought I was shortchanging myself financially while working there even though the opportunity to work with the federation opened many other doors for me.”
In a related development, Ibrahim Saanie Daara says he has no regrets about his decision to leave the British Broadcasting Corporation and take up a job at the Ghana FA.
The renowned journalist said despite the circumstances surrounding the exit of Kwesi Nyantakyi who convinced him to join the FA, he looks back at his days at the FA with pride and nostalgia.
Speaking in an interview with Ghanaweb, the Foreign Press Association Media award winner said at the time he took up the FA job, there was nothing more for him to and challenge him in the media space.
He said he finally decided to come back home to work with the GFA after the sixth time of asking.
“At a point I felt that there was nothing to achieve or challenge me anymore at the BBC. I had reached the very top, won awards and also learnt a lot from some of the greatest journalists in the world because the BBC is the greatest media house in the world. Anyone who performs there it’s a blessing and I felt that I needed a new challenge.
Saanie Daara joined the BBC in 2004 from Accra base Choice FM where for the preceding eight years he worked as the BBC’s Africa Football website correspondent as well as hosting radio programs; Fast Track, Focus on Africa and Network Africa’s sports segments until 2012.
He said, “Let me put it on record that it was the sixth time I had been asked to work with the federation and I said let me venture and help.”
Sannie was also commentator for the opening and final matches at the first World Cup in Africa held in South Africa in 2010.