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Ghana coach Avram Grant bemoans current GFA-Ministry impasse


Head coach of Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars, has once again registered his displeasure over the current impasse between the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The country’s soccer authorities and the sector ministry have been at loggerheads over myriads of issues.

The disagreement hit another level when Avram Grant named a squad that was dominated by foreign-based players for Ghana’s final AFCON qualifier against Rwanda, much to the chagrin of the Youth and Sports Minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuije.

The minister wanted the coach to use Ghanaian-based players for the game in order to save cost but Grant stuck to his usual first team players with the support of the GFA.

In the ensuing disagreements, the ministry refused to pay for the travel of foreign-based players for the match in Accra.

Some invited players called off the bluff of the minister and paid for their own ticket while deputy captain Andrew Ayew offered to pay the travel costs for seven other players who could not travel on their own.

The chaotic build up to the match compounded matters to the extent that the Accra Stadium pitch was not attended to before and during the match.

The Black Stars coach was unhappy that the pitch was allowed to deteriorate to affect the performance of the players during the game.

“The pitch is the worst I ever saw. I asked them to water before game but they couldn’t because of GHS800 for fuel.

“During the match, I asked one of the stadium managers to put water on the pitch. He told me there was no money for fuel, which was unfortunate.

“If we want the best from our players, we must give them the necessary tools to get the best out of them”, the coach lamented.

According to the Stars coach, the prolonged unnecessary bickering was getting ridiculous and may go a long way to affect the Black Stars in major tournament.

“I wanted to scout Uganda this weekend for the World Cup qualifier but I was told there was no money to fly a scout”, Grant revealed.

The Ghana squad has since left Accra for Russia to face the 2018 World Cup hosts in a friendly international on Tuesday in Moscow.

The Black Stars flew out of the country hours after drawing 1-1 with Rwanda in the final AFCON qualifier at the Accra Stadium.
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