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Sports Ministry Unfair: Osei Kwaku Parma

Executive committee member and chairman of the finance committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Osei Kwaku Parma who also doubles as vice chairman of Black stars’ management committee has described Ghana’s Sports Ministry as “confused entity” after returnee Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah’s third straight month in charge of the team without being paid.
The seemingly furious finance chief lambasted the Isaac Asiamah-led ministry for saying they were waiting on headline team sponsor GNPC (Ghana National Petroleum Corporation) to settle and form a board before the trainer’s salary matters could be concluded.
In an interview with the media in Accra, he chastised the ministry for failing to be proactive enough to avoid the whole situation.
“They (sports ministry) are confused and they are confusing the masses too. The first issue that arose was that GNPC had cancelled the deal which they came out to say is not true so I presume that at the time we were negotiating the contract with Kwesi Appiah it was on the premise that he was going to be paid out of the GNPC contract”
“This GNPC deal has been in existence for a very longtime. It is the same deal that was used in paying Avram Grant who did nothing for us so how come it has suddenly become a problem with the arrival of Kwesi Appiah” he quizzed
He went on to criticize the ministry for failing to give the coach an apartment even though it was agreed on.
“It has been three months and we still haven’t given the man an apartment. They claim they want to give him a permanent apartment but what is stopping them from giving him a temporal place if the permanent one is not ready?”

“How do you expect him to implement the contract?… People will conclude that we are mistreating him because he is not an expatriate coach”
“What do you mean by you want to form a board before paying him? Why can’t you simply make an order for him to be paid now and then go ahead to form your board when you are ready?”
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With regards to who is confused he said “the ministry is confused, the majority leader of parliament is confused, and even some people at the FA are confused”
The sports ministry had earlier explained that headline sponsor of the Black Stars GNPC was delaying Kwesi Appiah’s salary payment because they (GNPC) have a new MD and is looking to set up their new board before such salary matters can be discussed.

The ministry’s explanation however does not seem to sit down well with Mr Osei Kwaku who is also the Vice Chairman of the Black Stars management committee.

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