Sam George, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, has criticized the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for alleged favoritism in the selection of players for the national team, the Black Stars. George stated that issues with the Black Stars’ recent failures should not be attributed to the coaches, but rather to the conduct of the GFA and the selection process. In an interview with TV3, George said, “the problem of Black Stars is one of favoritism, and one where we are not selecting our best players but [rather] it’s become an issue of people having to pay money to even get selection. Or you have relationships and godfathers in the FA who will decide that this is the coach’s selection and tactics.”
George accused the GFA of not selecting the best players and allowing relationships and godfathers within the organization to dictate the coach’s selection and tactics. He also criticized the GFA for wanting to have a say in the selection of players and tactics when they sit in an administrative capacity. He suggested that those in administrative roles should resign from their position and apply to be the coach of the Black Stars, instead of dictating the coach’s decisions.
The Black Stars have struggled in recent years, failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The team’s poor performance has led to calls for changes within the GFA and the national team. George’s criticism adds to the growing concern over the selection process for the Black Stars and the need for a more transparent and fair process. It remains to be seen if the GFA will address these concerns and make changes to the selection process