General News of 2014-07-04

Gov't sets up committee to probe 2014 World Cup

Government has announced a three-man committee to investigate Ghana's shambolic World Cup performance in Brazil 2014.

An Appeals Court Judge, Justice Senyo Dzamefe heads the committee, a statement signed by the new Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga said.

The other members of the committee include ace Sports Broadcaster and lawyer, Moses Foh Amoaning, and Sports enthusiast Kofi Anokye Darko.

The committee became necessary after Ghana's first round exit in the ongoing 2014 World Cup.

The exit crowned scandalous events off the field including an embarrassing airlifting of $3 million cash on a presidential jet, an act which made Ghana a subject of global ridicule.

There was also player agitation and a reported assault in which a player, Sulley Muntari, slapped a management member, Moses Parker.

Critics including the opposition New Patriotic Party have demanded an investigation into the scandals that rocked Ghana's World Cup outing.

The NPP insists on having a bipartisan parliamentary enquiry into the scandals, but a statement from government says the three-man committee is competent to do a good job.

The terms of reference for the committee include;

To enquire into matters relating to Ghana's Black Stars team's preparation for the tournament and possible lapses therein which might have caused their early exit from the tournament.

To enquire into matters relating to the management of the Ghana Black Stars team and events in their camp during the tournament.

To inquire into matters relating to Ghana’s treatment of Ghanaian football fans who were sent to support the Black Stars by the Ministry of Youth and Sports

Advise government on the financing of activities of the Senior National Team and other national teams; and

To inquire into all other related matters of public interest concerning the organisation of Ghana’s Black Stars’ participation in the tournament.

"The Committee has thirty (30) days to present their report. The new Minister gave an assurance that Government will act on the recommendation of the Committee. 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," the statement said.