The former Minister of Sports, Enoch T. Mensah, has asked the leadership of the Ghana FA and that of the Ministry of Sports to work “in consultation with those who have gone before them” in order to learn how to work together.
According to Mensah who said he is hardly consulted on matters of football in recent times, there is the need for the creation of an atmosphere where there would be better collaboration between the two institutions.
The Minister of Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has said the ministry was not willing to spend on airfare tickets of Black Stars players selected to play against Rwanda in the final 2017 AFCON qualifier on Saturday.
Nii Lante Vanderpuye explained that there were no funds for that purpose given they were saving money to support Paralympic athletes and the black maidens.
Some speculations in the media have stated that the assistant Black Stars captain, Andre Dede Ayew had offered to pay for the plane tickets instead of the government.
But speaking in an interview on the ‘The Game’ on GH One TV Monday evening, E.T. Mensah said there was no need for the minister or anyone else to try use the footballers as a platform for territorial wars.
According to him no one has to “reinvent the wheel” when “we all have to just oil the wheel and make it continue running”.
According to him, both the FA and the Sports Ministry must come to a point where they understand their respective roles and work together.
“There should be collaboration between the Ministry and the FA. This is not the first time that this has happened where people think that if you are in charge of running football, you have absolute authority and the Ministry has nothing to do except running errands between the football authority and the government for releases and so on…that is not what it is supposed to be. There should be cooperation,” He told host Sammy Bartels.
He said the FA should not be overly suspicious of the Minister’s intentions but allow him to carry out his mandate to represent the government’s interest effectively.
“Whenever a sports minister steps into any matter related to his ministry, it is not interference. I call it strategic intervention rather. He has been placed there as the man in charge and he must work.
We just need to bury our pride and get the FA and the Sports Ministry to collaborate else nothing will work.”