The Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has said the Parliamentary committee tasked to probe the Black Stars’ abysmal performance in the 2021 African Cup of Nations, has completed its work.
Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Mr. Afenyo-Markin, however, noted that the Committee has decided to hold on to its report.
According to him, this is because of the Ghana vs Nigeria match slated for March 25, to be held at the Baba Yara Stadium.
“Mr. Speaker, I’m reliably informed that the work given to them is done. Except that Mr. Speaker, there is a Ghana-Nigeria match. A very crucial match and the Committee in its wisdom is of the view that, that match should be played in peace and all matters be discussed later.”
Mr. Afenyo-Markin gave the update after Okaikoi MP, Patrick Boamah, had asked about the status of the probe.
Black Stars’ journey at AFCON 2021
The Black Stars of Ghana on Monday, January 10, faced Morocco in their opening game at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The fixture, played at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo saw Ghana lose to the Atlas Lions of Morocco. The Black Stars were unable to equalise and left the scoreline at 1:0 in the favour of Morocco.
Many were concerned about the not so encouraging start; however, still hopeful, the Black Stars stood on their feet in their subsequent games.
The second game was against Gabon. The January 14th match did not go as expected by many Ghanaians. The Black Stars drew against Gabon, leaving them with just a point.
Their third and final game in Group C against Comoros was the determiner if Ghana could progress to the next stage or go home.
The Black Stars on Tuesday, January 18, blew away their chance and were sent packing. Comoros beat them by 3 goals to 2. Their loss brought about disappointment from Ghanaians including the Ministry for Youth and Sports.
Ghana vs Nigeria
The acting Ashanti Regional Director of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Emmanuel Kojo Appiah, has assured the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Ghanaians that the Baba Yara Stadium will be ready in time for the Black Stars’ crucial 2022 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), on Wednesday, agreed to move the first leg game between Ghana and Nigeria to the Baba Yara Stadium due to the unlikeliness of the Cape Coast Stadium being in good shape to host the game.
However, the CAF outlined to the GFA, eight conditions that must be met before hosting Nigeria on March 25 in the crucial qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Meanwhile, Ghana is yet to release their squad for the clash with the Super Eagles towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup.