Black Stars Squad Controversy; Unhappy Avram Grant Asks Sports Minister To Stay In His Lane


Unhappy with Vanderpuye’s latest interference, Black Stars coach Avram Grant tells Sports Minister Nii Vanderpuye to quit interfering in the business of selecting players for games. 

Avram Grant said this with regards to the recent interference by Sports Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, in the selection process.

The Israeli’s request comes on the heels of the minister’s order to GFA, to invite only home-based players for the final African Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.

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Avram Grant had named a 23-man squad for the final AFCON qualifier group game against Rwanda which included Ghana’s foreign-based players.

But Vanderpuye said that since the Black Stars have already qualified for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, its funds should be spent on other sporting needs, rather than provisions for foreign-based players.

The minister subsequently ordered the travelling agency to halt travelling arrangements for foreign-based players, so that Grant is left with home-based players.

This same order subsequently led to the heroic act of Deputy Captain Andre Ayew, who opted to pay the airfares of foreign based players who could not afford their flight tickets.

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Disappointed that Dede Ayew had to cough out air fares for some players, the displeased Avram Grant tells Sports Minister to stay in his lane and leave him to his.

Citing the Black Stars’ excellent performance at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations where they reached the final, Grant said his ability to choose his squad without interference led to the team’s success.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Avram Grant said the minister must stop interfering in the selection of players for the squad to succeed, just like at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea last year.

He also warned that the country could face the same disgrace it met at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, if such issues with the Black Stars are not sorted out.