Surcharge Fa’s Exe. Council—Douglas Djarbeng

Kwasi NyantakyiFORMER chairman of the Division One League Board (DOLB), Mr. Douglas Djarbeng, says the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), must be surcharged for causing financial loss to the association.

This followed the termination of the contract of Black Stars’ coach Kwesi Appiah – and its pecuniary implications.

According to him, the FA acted without discreet for renewing the contract of Appiah, ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, “and the Executive Council should not have sanctioned it.”

Mr. Djarbeng said ideally Appiah’s contract should have been reviewed after the World Cup instead – and that must be subject to his performance and found it extremely anomalous to see it renewed even before the tournament got off.

“No prudent manager would renew a coach’s contract ahead of the World Cup without recourse to his output in the tournament.

“In any case, Appiah’s contract was going to end on July 18 – five clear days after the tournament; so why rush in renewing it? Why the hurry?,” the former DOLB capo queried.

Now, Mr. Djarbeng – who was the former chairman of the Legal and Disciplinary Committee of the GFA, is suggesting that each member of the Executive Committee be surcharged with $100,000 to defray the compensation fee of the sacked coach.

The FA is expected to fork up a monstrous US$ 876,000 to the dismissed coach Kwesi Appiah as severance package.

According to FIFA regulations, an FA must pay two years salary of a coach dismissed after renewing his contract.

Appiah was given a contract extension in May 2014 prior to the World Cup in Brazil. The ex-Ghana captain signed a new two-year deal worth US$ 36, 500 after masterminding the country’s qualification to the 2014 World Cup.

However, barely four months after sealing the deal with the GFA, Coach Appiah was relieved of his post on Thursday, September 11, 2014. This comes 24 hours after leading the Stars to beat Togo 1-2 in a 2015 Nations Cup qualifier in Lome. Together with Uganda, Ghana are joint leaders of Group E in the CAN 2015 Nations Cup qualifier in Morocco

Appiah previously served as an assistant coach from 2008 to 2012 and led the Stars to the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa and a down-in-the- dumps World Cup performance in Brazil.

The former Ghana international took over from Serbian Milovan Rajevac in April 2012.

The 53-year-old became the first indigenous coach to lead the Black Stars to the World Cup in Brazil.

By John Vigah

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