‘We Will Not Be Cowed By Any Power’

moses-foh1The commission of inquiry into Brazil 2014 has stated that no power on earth can intimidate Ghana as a sovereign state to inquire into matters relating to the management of the senior national team, the Black Stars, and event in camp during the tournament.

‘’Do not be worried about FIFA’s letters, Ghana is a sovereign state, and we will not be cowed by any power to give up our sovereignty’’, Mr. Moses Foh-Amaoning, member of the commission said in a sharp response to questions on letters from the FIFA in connection with the commission’s sitting.

He was addressing a meeting of the commission with a cross-section of media practitioners in the Kumasi metropolis on Friday.

Tasked to inquire into matters relating to the preparation of the senior national team, the commission would also look into the lapses thatmight have causedtheir early exit and event in camp atthetournament.

The meeting, under the theme, ’’Proper Media Industry Practice and Standard for the Coverage and Reportage on the Proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry into Brazil 2014’’, sought to remind media practitioners to be very circumspect about the coverage of the commission’s sittings to avoid contempt.

According to Mr. Foh-Amoanng, the commission has the powers of a high court and can recommend for prosecution anyone who would not fall in the line, but stressed that ‘’we are not out to cow anybody as the commission’s aim is not for witch hunting’’.

He said it is important for all to see the commission’s work as ‘’Ghanaian’’ and looking at principles, policies and systems that would be put in place for the betterment of not only football but all the known sports in the country.

He noted with concern that broadcasting in some quarters these days is very appalling in terms of insults and, stressing the need for sanity to prevail, said ‘’there is no need to denigrate one another’’.

Mr Foh-Amoaning said all football-related activities could be subjected to probe when necessary, citing how the Swizz Police once raided the office of the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, unannounced in order to gain access to some vital documents in a matter which was under investigation.

“My brothers, tell me of what became of that action by the police. Was Switzerland sanctioned because of that investigation by the police?” he quizzed.

The Commission, which starts sitting on August 11 and working within a two-week period, has been tasked to look into the principles and policies that underpin systems and structures employed by the FA in running Ghana football.

They are mandated, amongst others, to look into events as pertained to preparations, exit, treatment of fans, remuneration of players and officials.

It is expected, therefore, to give an overview and recommendations per their findings at the close of work.

The Stars’ participation in the 2014 World Cup fiesta was beset with a lot of challenges, ranging from players’ refusal to train ahead of the Ghana-Portugal clash, an alleged assault by one of the players, sheer disrespect for the technical team which was mostly caused by the government failure to pay the players at the time it promised.

The maltreatment of fans and some ambassadors who accompanied the team, bad flight arrangements for the fans to remuneration are things there were directly caused by the sports ministry.

These factors, according to some football analysts and fans, could be the reason for the Stars’ early exit in the tournament, a development that gave public concern and subsequent institution of an inquiry into the issues for the benefit of the nation.

FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI

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