The Ghana FA is bitterly protesting the ill treatment meted out on the whole Black Stars entity in Zambia over the weekend in the World Cup qualifying game between Ghana and Zambia that resulted in a 1 – 0 loss for Ghana.
GFA (Ghana Football Association) is planning on taking up a case against the Zambian side to the CAF authorities over the assault of Ben Acheampong and Derek Boateng, 2 players of the Black Stars team that were reportedly assaulted by Zambian Police for condemning the officiating calls made by the referees.
The GFA have also expressed their bitterness on the discrimination meted out to the officials of the Black Stars team as they were made to sit among the fans, which is apparently not the standard football protocol in any stadium across the world.
The spokesperson of GFA Ibrahim Sannie-Daara, reacted to the ill treatment of the team with this statement:
The judgment is there for all of you to make. You saw what happened on the pitch but we want to put on record that we want to view the tapes of what happened after the match and if two of our players Ben Acheampong and Derek Boateng were punched, we will have to take it up to CAF.
The GFA were put in the midst of supporters. “This is unacceptable in African football. The Zambians were very nice to us until the game.”
This is some serious issue I think. The GFA should not let the sleeping dog lie on this one.
Still on the issue, The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has reportedly launched an investigation into the assault accusations made against the Zambian Police.
The Zambian FA have requested for tapes on the match from the national television station and have also implored on any private individual who has a tape covering those incidents to submit it to them.
He therefore called on those who are pointing accusing fingers to the Zambian Police to hold their fire until the investigations are over.
Making the Black Stars officials sit among the fans is one thing, the Zambian police assaulting players for peacefully expression their disagreement over the refereeing is an issue on a whole different level.
What do you think?