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11.07.2019 Cup of Nations

“Lack Of A Substantive GFA Cost Black Stars Exit In Egypt, Says Ex-Sports Minister

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
“Lack Of A Substantive GFA Cost Black Stars Exit In Egypt, Says Ex-Sports Minister

Former Sports Minister, Hon. Rashid Pelpuo, says that the absence of a substantive administrative body governing Ghana football is the main cause of Ghana’s exit from the 2019 AFCON tournament.

Ghana's hopes of ending it 37 years trophy famine came to a crash after they lost 5-4 to Tunisia on penalties on Monday in the round of 16 leaving the nation to wait for the 2021 edition to see if a 5th Nations Cup title will be won.

The Wa Central MP believes that a more concrete and permanent GFA would have served the team better instead of the current Normalisation Committee which was set up to replace the Kwesi Nyantakyi-led administration.

“I think that the team did well. Individually, they tried their best but their best was not good enough but what happened in Egypt tells of a weakness in football administration in Ghana.

"The exit of Kwesi Nyantakyi has created a big gap which we are unable to close. This is something that requires us to sit down and find a solution.

"We cannot have an interim management again in the next tournament or before any major tournament. We need to have a strong, elected GFA that can perform the same way if not better than what Nyantakyi did.”

Ghana’s latest setback in the AFCON is the first time the team has missed the semi-finals since 2006. In that tournament, Ghana exited at the first round stage after losses to Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Coincidentally, that year’s tournament was played in Egypt.