Due to the impending Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in March, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Mustapha Ussif, has told Parliament that there will be a Coach for the Black Starts before March 2023.
“…I know that we have an assignment in March and we need to have a head coach in place so that he can start preparing to get the team in place for the AFCON qualifiers, which is going to take place in March. So indeed, the country should be assured that the FA is working to ensure that we get a replacement,” the Minister said.
He made this known to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament yesterday when he appeared before them to respond to audit queries involving his ministry.
He made the disclosure when by way of public interest question, a member of the Committee, chaired by Mr James Klutse Avedzi, asked him the steps Ghana is taking to get a new coach for the national team because many countries have found coaches for their national teams few weeks after the World Cup.
He indicated that the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the organization in charge of ensuring that the national team has a coach, had already commenced the process.
He said the GFA will submit its report within this week or the ensuing week for a decision to be made.
PAC commenced public hearing on the report of the Report of the Auditor-General (AG) on the Public Accounts of Ghana – Ministries, Departments and Other Agencies for the year 2020 on Monday July 16.
At its first sitting, representatives from the Ministry of Finance, together with a team from the Controller and Accountant-General Department took their turn to respond to some infractions cited by the AG followed by the Bank of Ghana.
As at the time this report was being filed, the Ministry of Finance, together with the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Controller and Accountant-General Department had already responded to their infractions and the Ministry of Youth and Sports had also done same.
The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture are expected to also appear before the Committee to respond to some infractions cited in their reports.
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