Parliament: Sports Minister summoned to explain poor AFCON showing

Parliament: Sports Minister summoned to explain poor AFCON showing
Source: Ghana | | Jerry Tsatro Mordy
Date: 19-07-2019 Time: 01:07:53:pm
This is the first time the Black Stars have exited the AFCON without reaching the semifinal stage since they were eliminated at the group stage in the 2006 tournament also staged in Egypt.

Youth and Sports Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, will appear before Parliament next week to answer questions relating to Ghana’s poor performance at the AFCON 2019.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, announced Friday that Mr Asiamah will be in the House either Tuesday or Wednesday, to deliver a statement on the poor performance of the Black Stars at the tournament staged in Egypt.

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu
Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu

This followed a question by MP for Kumbungu Ras Mubarak, who demanded answers for what he described the abysmal performance of the team in the continental showpiece.

The MPs have expressed concerns over the Black Stars’ disappointing performance which saw them exit the tournament after a defeat by Tunisia at Ismailia in Egypt. They lost 4-5 on penalties to the Carthage Eagles following a 1-1 in 120 minutes of action.

Tunisia went ahead to place fourth after losing to Nigeria in the third-place play-off.

Senegal faces Algeria in the final game to be played later Friday.

“We’d want the minister to tell the country something through Parliament,” Ranking Member on the Sports Committee, Kwabena Woyome, told JoyNews correspondent, Joseph Opoku Gakpo last week.

Isaac Asiamah
Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah

The Majority Leader assured answers will be provided by the Minister. He stated, however, “his [Sports Minister’s] coming is not at the instance of the honourable member for Kumbungu [Ras Mubarak].

“That agreement had already been extracted with the minister but of course it will satisfy his own inquiry,” Kyei Mensah Bonsu explained.