The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee On Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon Johnson Kwaku Adu has disclosed that the Ghana Football Association failed to inform the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif and the leadership of the National Sports Authority before sacking head coach of the Black Stars, Charles Akonnor.
The Executive Council of the football governing body on Monday, September 13, 2021, terminated the appointment of Black Stars Coach Charles Akonnor and his two Assistants.
This follows the receipt of the Technical Report from the Head Coach of the Senior National Team and the report from the Black Stars Management Committee following Ghana’s Group G World Cup qualifying matches against Ethiopia and South Africa.
The Executive Council after considering the two reports decided to terminate its relationship with the Head Coach C. K Akonnor and the two Assistants.
With the government of Ghana having the responsibility of paying salaries and bonuses for national team coaches, the Member of Parliament for the Ahafo Ano South West constituency believes the hierarchy of the Ghana FA should have consulted the Sports Minister and the NSA before terminating the appointment of Akonnor.
“Honestly, there are rules and regulations governing everything we do in this country. I know there is a lot of mixed feelings about the sacking of CK Akonnor.
I think in times like this what’s important is patience. The GFA is the body entrusted with the day-to-day running of football in the country although they work under the National Sports Authority(BSA), ” he told Kumasi-based Hello FM.
“But, what I know as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports, the GFA didn’t engage the NSA before making the sacking of Akonnor public.
“Even the Sports Minister, I don’t think he was consulted before the action was taken.”
The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association has formed a three (3) Member Committee to find a Head Coach and Assistant Coaches for the Black Stars within the next 72 hours.
The ad-hoc committee is made up of Vice President of the association Mark Addo, Upper East Regional Football Association Chairman, Alhaji Salifu Zida and Dr. Randy Abbey.
Ghana currently have three (3) points after the two opening matches.
The Black Stars will take on Zimbabwe in the next round of games in October 2021.