Judge for yourself whether the 2014 World Cup is political or not – Elvis Afriyie Ankrah


Former Sports Minister Fiifi Afriyie Ankrah has voiced concerns over former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan who he calls not innocent for allowing his players to hold the government ransom before proceeding with the game against Portugal in 2014.

In an interview with Akoma FM, Ankrah said, “I don’t know whether it was political, but Ghanaians can judge whether it was political that a professional player and his colleagues say they would not train unless they see physical cash. That one, anybody can judge for themselves whether it was political or not.”

He added, “They refused to train, and it affected them in the final match. Ghanaians should judge whether it was political or indiscipline. I don’t know.”

Ghana had to transport over $4.5 million to Brazil in 2014 before the players agreed to participate in their final group game against Portugal. Despite setbacks against the United States and a draw with Germany, the Black Stars ultimately fell short against Portugal.

“If it’s not for the occurrences and they had remained focused, I believe that we could have made history,” Ankrah lamented. “We lost that opportunity; today, what’s happened to all of them?” he thought

Fiifi remains shot in the leg and highlights the recognition Ghana would have had on the international stage had they advanced through after setting up a draw against Germany which was recognised by FIFA’s technical committee.

Perhaps it is time for the government to desist from all activities, handling all sports duties to the competent who are capable of managing affairs but with former president John Mahama’s remarks of the Blackstars being groomed with home talents should he win power there is little indication that sports will never part from politics in Ghana.

Source Nationaltelevisiongh.com