Former Vice President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) George Afriyie has made a passionate appeal to the Kurt Okraku’s led administration to desist from interfering in the work of the head coach of the Black Stars, CK Akonnor.
The coutry’s football governing have on numerous occasion accused of interfering in the work of national team coaches.
Last month, the FA was accused of tempering with the squad of CK Akonnor ahead of the last round of games of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
According to the Okyeman Planners bankroller, the head coach of the national team should be allowed to do his job without any interference.
“CK Akunnor must have his peace of mind to work,” Mr Afriyie said in an interview with Joy Sports.
He claims favouritism will not help the team to succeed.
“…We should take away favouritism [in player call ups]. This one belongs here so we’ll not call him, that one belongs here so don’t call him. This will not help the Black Stars,” he noted.
Allegations of management determining call-ups to national teams, Afriyie claims, is the reason why many prefer expatriates to handle the four-time AFCON champions.
“These are some of the reasons why people will call for a white man to coach the Black Stars, but since we have opted to go for one our own [CK Akunnor] to coach the Black Stars let us leave him to work.
“Let’s give him all the needed support for him to work. That is all I’m calling for,” he appealed.
“If he fails, we will all see that he has failed,” the Okyeman Planners owner continued.
This, Afriyie claims is a testimony of how the football governing under Kwesi Nyantakyi never interfered on who should be invited to the national team.
“One of the things I can boast of is that during my time with Kwesi Nyantakyi we never interfered with national team call ups.
“We believed that the coaches were capable and competent so we should allow them to do their work,” he concluded.
George Afriyie was removed as Vice President of the Ghana FA in April 2018 after declaring his intent to contest the association’s 2019 Presidential elections, which he lost to Kurt Okraku.
Source: Modern Ghana