FIFA to ban Ghana national soccer team

Black stars coach Kwesi Appiah

Group E

Uganda, Ghana, Togo, Guinea

Uganda’s fixtures:

•05-06/09/14: Ghana v Uganda

•10/09/14: Uganda v Guinea

•10-11/10/14: Uganda v Togo

•15/10/14: Togo v Uganda

•14-15/11/14: Uganda v Ghana

•19/11/14: Guinea v Uganda

Uganda’s 2015 Nations Cup qualifying Group E opponents Ghana risk an international ban if the country conducts a government- ordered Commission of Enquiry into its World Cup campaign, FIFA has said.

Football’s world governing body has sent a written warning to the Ghana Football Association.

It reads: “We would like to remind you FIFA member associations must manage their affairs independently, without any third party influence.” The Black Stars’ tournament was marred by ill-discipline and money rows.

And after the disastrous campaign in which more than US$3m had to be flown from Ghana to Brazil to pay the players — two of whom were later thrown out of camp for disciplinary reasons — Ghana President John Mahama called for a review.

 However, FIFA prohibits governmental interference in the running of a national association.

And in its letter to the GFA, dated 7 August, it added: “Should any decision be rendered by the Commission against GFA officials thereby removing them from office, it would be considered as interference in the GFA affairs and the case would be brought to FIFA’s highest instances for appropriate sanctions.”

In the past, such sanctions have involved international suspensions from all forms of football for governmental interference — with FIFA in no doubt as to how that may be developing in Ghana.

Ghana starts their 2015 Nations Cup qualifying campaign against Uganda.