Nii Lante Vanderpuye, the former Minister of Youth and Sports, has advocated for a comprehensive reorganization of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to enhance the performance of the Black Stars, the country’s national football team.
The former Sports Minister, who is also a Member of Parliament for Odododiodioo, feels that the GFA has a conflict of interest, which is impacting the morale of national soccer team players.
His comments came after Ghana’s prospects of qualifying for the 2023 AFCON were dashed as the Black Stars suffered another late breakdown to draw 2-2 with Mozambique, as well as the dismissal of head coach Chris Hughton.
Speaking to Citi News, Nii Lante Vanderpuye suggested that urgent steps must be taken to salvage the disturbing trend.
“[This is what we get] When we have a situation where individuals are involved in club management and these same individuals are in the football management of the country. They are also managers and agents of players, and also agents of technical people. It becomes difficult for us to avoid the situation of conflict of interest.”
“And this is affecting morale among our players. It is sickening, and we must talk about it. I agree with people who think that the whole GFA must be restructured; I totally agree. The alternative is to have an interim management committee to look at it,” Nii Lante Vanderpuye opined.