Sports Minister to face Parliament over Ghana’s failed AFCON campaign

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Sports Minister to face Parliament over Ghana’s failed AFCON campaign

Youth
and Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, is expected to be hauled to
Parliament, to answer why Ghana performed poorly at the 2019 AFCON
tournament.

The
MPs expressed concerns over the Black Stars’ disappointing performance
which saw them exit the tournament after Monday’s defeat to Tunisia at
Ismailia in Egypt.

Black Stars lost 5-4 on penalties to the Carthage Eagles following a 1-1 in 120 minutes of action.

It
is the first time the team is exiting the tournament without reaching
the semifinal stage since they were eliminated at the group stage in the
2006 tournament also staged in Egypt.

The team is expected to arrive at the Kotoka Airport in Accra, by Wednesday.

On
Tuesday, members on the two sides of the House indicated that they have
begun the process to get Mr. Asiamah to appear before them to respond
to questions.

An
urgent question has been filed by the Minority for the Minister to
appear, Ranking member on the Sports Committee, Kwabena Woyome, has
indicated.

Mr. Woyome says there are lots of questions requiring answers, hence the urgent question.

“We’d
want the Minister to tell the country something through Parliament,”
Mr. Woyome told JoyNews correspondent, Joseph Opoku Gakpo.

Mr. Woyome also wants to know what lessons have been learnt from the country’s abysmal performance while trying to juxtapose that with the ongoing process to normalise football in the country.

Chairman
of the Youth and Sports Committee, Kofi Agyekum, disagrees with his
colleague on the minority side for attempting to summon the minister to
the floor to answer questions. He says the committee will rather invite
him to come to brief them on the AFCON at a committee sitting.

Ghana’s fans and supporters during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations football match, Ghana Vs Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on January 24, 2013. Ghana won 1-0. Photo by Christian Liewig/NCI//ABACAPRESS.COM

“…As representatives of the people, he has the duty to appear before us to answer those questions,” Mr. Agyekum stated.

He
believes the current development “presents the country with an
opportunity to tackle issues relating to football systematically and
have them addressed.”




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