Ghana president on alleged GFA mismanagement of funds and Brazil 2014 White Paper

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Ghana president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has no intentions of wandering into the affairs of the football association, despite several accusations of mismanagement of funds against the game's governing body.

The GFA has been over the years slammed with various allegations of bribery, corruption and misappropriation of funds, a situation which has heightened calls for a presidential probe.

After the famous 2014 World Cup debacle, for instance, it emerged that the Black Stars' equipment officer earned a huge sum of $100,000 for his services at the tournament, a revelation which drew a heavy public uproar, as the "Ball Boy" pocketed same amount as earned by the players.

“As far as mismanagement within the Football Association is concerned, my understanding is that GFA, by Fifa rules, is supposed to be an independent organisation," Akufo-Addo told pressmen on Wednesday.

"Those who are involved in football administration in this country will deal with issues of mismanagement.

“I don’t believe it’s in an area where the government should intervene to sort things out if things need to be sorted out. 

"Those in the industry, in the sector, those in football are the ones who are meant to deal with football issues. 

"My understanding is that is the basic rule that Fifa is very insistent on that there should be no executive interference in the administration of football anywhere.”

The fact-finding committee set up to investigate matters of the disastrous World Cup campaign also came up with a white paper, which was to serve as a guide in future activities.

The 2014 World Cup remains Ghana's worst ever campaign in the country's history - on and off the pitch.

Aside from the first-round exit - their first ever since debuting at the global showpiece in 2006 - the team was also caught up in camp agitations over bonuses, while two senior players - Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari - were sent home on the day of the Black Stars' 2-1 defeat to Portugal in the last group game for separate offences of indiscipline.

“Am I interested in the 2014 White Paper? On these matters, truth is usually the best answer," said, Akufo-Addo.

"To be honest, I’ve forgottten about the 2014 White Paper. 

"But I have no doubt that my minister of sports is fully up to it and will advise in due course what should be the reaction of me and the government to it. 

"But it has not been something that has been very much on my radar."

Akufo-Addo's rule began last January after unseating the John Mahama-led administration, who supervised the World Cup campaign. 

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