Recommendations on World Cup fiasco will be implemented; Ayariga assures
Posted on: 2014-Jul-09        
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Youth and sports Minister, Mahamah Ayariga has given firm assurance government will implement recommendations of a three member committee set up to investigate events surrounding Ghana’s participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Issues regarding the management of the finances of the team and discipline among the players, overshadowed the team's third straight participation in the tournament. Two senior players - Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were sent home over alleged cases of assault.

The conduct of the members of the team and the managers of Ghana’s participation attracted negative media attention globally. The Black Stars shockingly exited the tournament in the first round, after failing to qualify from the group stage.

President John Dramani Mahama subsequently constituted a three-member Committee to review Ghana’s participation and unexpected early exit from the tournament in Brazil.

Presenting a statement on the floor of parliament Wednesday, Mr. Ayariga indicated government will address any lapses in Ghana’s participation.

"Government will act on the recommendations of the Committee," the Minister assured the house.

He added: "Government believes that a forward-looking inquiry will expose lapses to engender reforms to improve the organization of Ghana’s participation in future football tournaments".

"We believe that all stakeholders will cooperate with the Committee. The President of the GFA has already welcomed the inquiry. We have no doubt that FIFA will not have objections to participating nations reviewing and inquiring into their poor performance with a view to carrying out reforms that will improve their national teams. Stronger teams will ensure more exciting FIFA tournaments."