A MANAGEMENT member of the Black Queens Team, J. Y. Appiah has blamed the head of the technical directorate at the Ghana Football Association, Francis Oti Akenteng, for the woes of the senior national women’s football team, after their heroic performance in Brazzaville.
According to Mr. Appiah, the head of the technical directorate acted as the interface between the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and organisers of the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville and believes that he could have done better in the way he managed things.
“Principally, I will blame Mr. Oti Akenten who was attending various meetings on behalf of the FA with regard to the Congo Brazzavile tournament. I think he did not make full disclosure of what actually happened at the meetings,” he noted in an interview with Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3 FM on Wednesday.
He told Banson that the team had no knowledge about how much was going to be paid as far as winning bonuses were concerned until they reached the semi finals where their leadership approached the FA for clarification.
“They told us that when you win gold, we will be paid US$2000 so we drew the minister’s attention to the fact that we don’t manage our team like that. So, to be honest with you, we couldn’t inform the team about the development because if we had, they wouldn’t have played the game. So we told them that if we are able to win the gold, the government will be sympathetic to pay all their outstanding winning bonuses to them. And through the advice we gave them they were able to win the gold.”
“The team’s per diem was even not forthcoming. We had a torrid time at Brazzaville,” he added.
In another reaction, the NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma Central, Theophilus Tetteh Chaie says the Ministry of Youth and Sports must be held responsible for the unpaid bonuses of the senior women’s national team, Black Queens.
He said the Ministry should have sat down with the ladies to negotiate their bonuses before they embarked on the trip to Congo Brazzaville to participate in the All African Games.