Ex-France defender Marcel Desailly says he was promised the Ghana coaching job by the country’s sports minister and the federation president – an action which means government was interfering in the sport.
The Ghana government has spent the past week assuring Fifa that it was not interfering in the Ghana FA’s affairs. But the revelation by Desailly could be seen by many as an action by the sports minister to impose the Frenchman on the GFA.
World Cup winner, who was born in the West African country, says he was led to believe that he will be given the job if he slaps in his CV.
The position became vacant after Serbian Milovan Rajevac opted not to extend his expired contract with the World Cup quarter finalists.
But three months after applying for the post Desailly pulled out claiming the long drawn-out saga was stalling other opportunities.
Despite Desailly’s claim that he was promised the job, his coaching credentials were subjected to public scrutiny after being shortlisted along with local manager Herbert Addo, Serbian Goran Stevanovic and Portuguese Humberto Coelho.
The former AC Milan player implies he didn’t expected a strenuous process as he had already been promised the job by sports minister Akua Sena Dansua and Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.
“The timing was not right. The president of the federation and the sports minister asked me to position myself [for the job] and unfortunately after three months I had not decided yet,” Desailly told Goal in France.
“I would put on stand-by my private life, my professional life, but at some point I had to make a decision.”
The Ghana FA says it will decide on the next Black Stars coach this month but it is not known if the raid of the federation could lead to a delay. Ghanasoccernet