The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu wants the Ghana Football Association hauled before the House over the Black Stars’ inability to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
In a debate over the approval of the Sports Ministry’s GH¢32,799,500 budget for the coming year, the astute lawmaker was alarmed by the loud silence on the country’s failed World Cup bid in the report before Parliament on Thursday.
According to the Minority Leader, the football authorities must be made to explain the circumstances under which the senior national team failed to qualify for Russia 2018.
The Black Stars finished third in Group E of the African qualifiers behind Egypt and Uganda and will thus miss the World Cup for the first time after consecutive outings since Germany 2006.
The GFA is protected by a Fifa regulation which bans governments from interfering in football matters but the MP believes his call only qualifies for an account rendering to the people of the country.
Referring to the Committee on Youth and Sports on the floor of Parliament, Hon. Iddrisu said:
“Looking at your committee’s report, I have issues… When it is success, you are happy to report. And I’m referring to page 7, you can tell us about medals won at Fifa U-17, Black Stars-Nigeria [Wafu Cup]… but they have failed to report about our inability to qualify for Russia 2018….
“But Mr. Speaker, whatever it is, we failed to qualify for a World Cup, having appeared and having performed creditably well [on previous occasions].
“And Mr. Speaker, sometimes our hands are tied – that the GFA is independent. Independent of who? The GFA cannot be independent of Parliament or the people’s representative.
He went on: “One of these days, I encourage the Committee on Youth and Sports of Parliament to haul the Ghana Football Association to give us a blueprint on how they intend to improve the performance of all the national teams and all competitions in Ghana….”