Blame Asiamah for Akwasi Appiah’s $180,000 outstanding arrears-Yamin

A former deputy sports minister under the former President John Mahama’s regime Joseph Yamin has asked Ghanaians to blame Sports Minister Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah for the debt of $180,000 owed to former Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah as outstanding salaries and bonuses.

The former deputy minister told Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi on Rainbow Sports that the current minister cannot excuse himself from the fiasco because he caused it.

He said the FRA and Ministry of Sports cannot through its finances pay the coach of the senior national team since it was o0ut of the sponsorship with the GNPC that these two bodies were able to pay the coach.

However, the speed at which the current administration terminated the contract has brought us thus far.

He insisted there was no way the ministry out of its budget would be able to pay the salary of the coach and so I warned the government to tread with caution. But they threw caution to the wind”.

He predicted both ministry and the FA would be unable to pay the outstanding salaries and bonuses.

The former NDC government he stated would have prudently dealt with the situation.

Mr. Yamin noted it was not the best way to terminate the contract rather the agreement could have been restructured with the Sports Ministry having an oversight responsibility.

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation in 2017 terminated its sponsorship agreement with the Black Stars.

The state-owned oil exploration firm in giving it’s reasons explained it was not financially viable to continue its financial obligation to the national team.

GNPC’s decision to pump a staggering $3million into the Black Stars annually sparked controversy in Ghana.

The Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu was one of the vociferous individuals who championed this campaign.

He said the former coach is entitled to his arrears because we signed a contract with him.

GNPC sponsored the Black Stars for over five years and provided a reported $3 million dollar annual support.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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