2014 FIFA WC: President Mahama calls for investigation into World Cup fiasco

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president John Dramani Mahama says a committee should be set up to find out why the Black Stars crashed out at the group stage of the World Cup for the first time ever.

"We need to look at the team as a whole," he was quoted by the local media on Friday as saying in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where he is attending the African Union summit.

"I guess when the FA comes we need to set up a kind of committee to look at the whole system of what happened in Brazil 2014 right, from the preparation for the World Cup to when they went to Brazil and what happened in Brazil. We need to do a whole post-mortem," he said.

The country's top supporter said there would be other World Cups for Ghana and the authorities should find out what happened and fix it. He also called for the rebuilding of the team to start immediately.

Ghana crashed out of group G, dubbed "the group of death", after losing the final group match 1-2 to Portugal. It also lost 1-2 to the USA but drew 2-2 with Germany.

But it was off the field incidents that have angered the public, especially the decision of the playing body to boycott the Portugal game if their appearance fee of US$75,000 each was not paid to them in cash in Brazil.

More than US$3 million cash was flown to them and reports said they demanded and got an appearance fee of US$100,000 instead of what was agreed earlier.

Two members of the team, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, were dismissed from the team on Thursday morning for indiscipline.

President Mahama expressed disappointment at the team crashing out but said Ghanaians could comfort themselves in the knowledge that Ghana played the best game at the World Cup against Germany.

"Football takes a lot. It takes discipline, hard work, training and also good luck. Unfortunately luck was not on our side," he said.

Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi has said the "appearance fee syndrome" caused the first round exit of the Black Stars from the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

"Money, money, money had been the refrain by the players, and it is a pity they allowed this to ruin our World Cup," he said tearfully, according to the lead story in the state-owned Daily Graphic on Friday.

The Graphic reported that Mr Nyantakyi, who had been at the helm since Ghana premiered at the World Cup in 2006, could not understand what had changed for the players to have held them (team officials) and, for that matter, the entire nation, to ransom at this particular tournament.

"We want cash, we want cash," was the message of the agitation being championed by an alleged group with Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng sighted and cited as the notable two instigators.

"It is not as though anybody wants to deny the players their monies, but we explained to them that, per the agreement with our financial sponsors, uniBank, before departure for the tournament, the amounts have been put on a card (or uniBank Mastercard) to be withdrawn here and given to them," the Graphic quoted Mr Nyantakyi as saying.

"...In spite of all the promises to them that the Sports Minister had asked that physical cash be sent from Accra to satisfy their demands, these boys threw caution to the wind with all manner of behaviours that I can't recount," he said.

The flying of the money to the players has come under fire as various people and groups say the government bowed to undue pressure from the players and broke its own tough rules on foreign exchange transactions.
-0- PANA MA 27June2014

27 june 2014 15:03:46

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