General Secretary of CAF, Veron Mosengo-Omba has cautioned Ghana government not to interfere in the football affairs of the country.
The warning comes in after a report went rife that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Ghana government are embroiled over the appointment of a new Head Coach for the senior national team of Ghana, the Black Stars
The Ghana FA is pushing for Otto Addo and Ibrahim Tanko to occupy the Head Coach and Assistant Coach role on intern basis respectively, whiles the government is pushing for former Newcastle boss, Chris Hughton to occupy the managerial role.
Responding to the reports, CAF secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba has stated that the government has no right to get involved in the day-to-day management of the Federation which include the appointment of coaches for the national teams.
He explained that the government can only check the GFA’s expenditure, scrutinize their budget and insist on them to account for every penny spent by the federation.
“Ghana has to concentrate on the World Cup, they have important game and they have to concentrate on this. Everybody has to be behind the Black Stars because they have important game coming up in March.
“To lose the game, to lose the cup is part of football. Ghana was eliminated [in the AFCON] and this is the rule of the game. The government, financially, they put the fund for them to prepare for the competition, that I have to thank the Government of Ghana on behalf of CAF President, thank you very much and this is the way of cooperation we want for our members and the government.
“The money that the government put forward for the Black Stars, the government has to check with the GFA how you spend each penny, they have to do that, we encourage them to do that but the redline is the government cannot involve in the management of the federation.
“Even if they lose you cannot say change the management, you have to change the coach. This will be very dangerous. we don’t want to come back on that again because this looks like interference. I beg the government that if tis is the intention, stop it.
“They can coerce them to monitor the funds that are put in, that is normal, I don’t think the GFA is against this, the President of CAF is not against this but please not involved in the management of the Federation,” he told a joint briefing of 3 Sports and Joy Sports and in Cameroon.
Per reports, Chris Hughton is edging closer to be appointed new Head Coach of the Black Stars. The deal is expected to be made official in the coming days and he will lead Ghana in the playoff of the FIFA World Cup against Nigeria next month.