The involvement of management members and officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in the selection of players for the various national teams remains a dicey issue in the industry.
Almost every GFA has in one way or the other been accused of interference in the selection of players into the national team, especially the Black Stars.
Prior to the Black Stars doubleheader against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe, the issue lured its ugly head again ahead of the final selection of players for the two assignments.
There were allegations of the involvement of the GFA President Kurt Okraku in the selection of players for the Black Stars leading to a near rift between him and Charles Kwablan Akonnor Head Coach of the Black Stars.
Weeks later Okraku denied the allegations of interference but stated emphatically player selection into the Black Stars will not be the sole prerogative of Coach Akonnor.
He insisted that the GFA will not leave the delicate assignment solely in the hands of the Coach, but there will be the involvement of the Management Committee members in the selection of players for national assignments.
Speaking in an interview with Sportsnetgh TV, Lawyer Moses Foh Amoaning a renowned lawyer and broadcaster backed the position of Okraku saying that is “a truism”.
“There is nowhere in the world where player selection is the sole prerogative of the coach, though technically it falls under them.
“A lot more go into player selection than just the coaches settling on one player or the other. There may be good players who are indisciplined and in such cases management can disagree on his selection.
“Maybe Kurt did not say it in a better way. But I think he was right in saying that, because there should be involvement and input of all in the selection of players for the national team,” he added.
The Roger Milla Factor
According to Lawyer Foh Amoaning, the participation of legendary Roger Milla at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, was not the decision of Coach Napomiachi but the direct involvement of President of Cameroon Paul Biya.
“But for the President, there will not have been any Roger Milla in the history of football at the World Cup”.
Lawyer Foh Amoaning, however, conceded that, technically the selection of players was the sole prerogative of the coaches, but there are always more consultations with other stakeholders.
But George Afriyie Disagrees
Former Vice President of the GFA, however, disagrees with both Kurt and Foh Amoaning.
In his opinion, the selection of players is the sole prerogative of the coach and must be left so.
“They should allow the coach to do his work and not to involve in any form of interference. My self and Kwasi Nyantakyi never involved ourselves in player selection or interference.
“You see why sometimes white coaches are preferred? He quizzed.
But it does not look like this debate will end now as it has always been with association football not only in Ghana but elsewhere.