WHO OWNS THE BLACK STARS?

This question might have become mute after the Ghana Football Association’s president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, put it to rest when he declared at the sitting of the Black stars Commission that, the Black stars belong to Ghana.

Answering questions when he appeared before the Presidential Commission probing the abysmal performance of the Stars at the last World Cup tournament in Brazil, Mr. Nyantakyi said emphatically that the Black Stars team was the property of Ghana.

However, this question has reared its head again following the assertion by one of the popular football fanatics, Mr. Kofi Manu, a few days ago that, the Black Stars did not belong to Ghana.

Mr. Manu, also known as “Blue Blue” in football circles, is quoted as saying that the Ghana Football Association owns the Black Stars.

Perhaps, Mr. Manu’s assertion was against the background of the current debate over the GFA’s refusal to heed the call by the Presidential Commission’s directive to submit the entire World Cup prize money to the government.

The commission, had earlier asked the GFA to submit the entire prize money to government, claiming that it was a subject matter of the commission’s inquiry.

The GFA rebuffed the decision, insisting that it entered into an agreement with the government to pre-finance the cost of Ghana’s 2014 World Cup participation, with the promise to pay back when they receive the prize money.

According to the GFA, it intends to respect that agreement, and could not be compelled to return all the money to government.

Much as we do not want to delve into the merits and demerits of the arguments, we feel alarmed by Mr. Manu’s assertion and wish to state that, all those who think like him are endangering football administration in this country.

We are amazed that people can think this way, when there is enough evidence to show that all national teams, without exception, are formed and financed by the state.

It is unthinkable for people to suggest, however remote that, a national team that operates under the country’s flag, defends the national flag, travels on Ghanaian passports and are accorded the highest protocol of the land, could be described as a separate entity which is not under the aegis of the state.

We are not only shocked, but disappointed about some of these dangerous statements, and urge the GFA to come out and disassociate itself from these negative comments, in order not to drag the country on a collision course with the association.

We pause for GFA’s response!

 

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