Some football analysts are criticizing the decision of the Ghana Football Association to constitute a 5-member management team for the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars as well as other soccer teams.
According to them, the move will not in any way contribute to the improvement of soccer administration in the country.
Making a strong case against the move, Christopher Nimley, a sports journalist and coach told Bernard Avle on the Point of View on Wednesday that, the appointment means that the state would spend more money in remunerating the committee whose functions do not serve any direct benefit to the team.
He said funds that would be committed to the committee must rather be used to build the capacity of the technical committee of the team which includes the coach and his assistant.
“We have too many people around our team doing virtually nothing. Instead of taking 5 management members without even telling us what they are going to do, rather, strengthen the technical team. What exactly are they doing there? At the end of the day, they will be given honorarium for no work done. If what we are hearing is right, we are going to be having about 40 to 45 management team members cut across our teams. We don’t need that,” he stressed.
The 5-member management committee which was announced in Wednesday is made up of George K. Amoako, the Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko as chairman, Akwasi Agyemang as Vice Chairman, Jones
Alhassan Abu, Sammy Kuffuor, and Fred Pappoe as members.
The GFA indicated that the team is expected to manage the day to day administration of the Black Stars as they prepare for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifier.
But Christopher Nimley believes the role will not inure to the benefit of the team.
Editor for Kotoko Express, Jerome Otchere also backed the position and suggested that the functions of the management team could be effectively performed by officials of the FA as the creation of the committee only suggests that it was merely to get some select people “job to do”.
But an Executive Committee Member of the GFA, Frederick Acheampong, who was also on the show argued that the committee’s role is integral to ensuring optimum performance of the team by making logistical and other key arrangements.