Ghana FA to report Zambia to FIFA over conduct

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi

The Ghana Football Association will formally report Zambia to FIFA for their “unprofessional” conduct in the build-up to the last Friday’s Group D World Cup qualifier.

An unfriendly atmosphere was created days to the match at the Baba Yara Stadium after Zambia alleged there were attempts to frustrate them.

This was after Zambia’s contingent was denied landing directly at the Kumasi airport when they had already been informed by aviation officials that their bigger aircraft will not be allowed to touch down.

The Chipolopolo who arrived a day before the match and missed their training time, reported they were prevented from training at the match venue.

President Kwesi Nyantakyi says they will submit their complaint to FIFA as their visitors tried to malign the Ghana FA.

“FIFA is already aware but we will send a formal report,” Nyantakyi said.

“The strategy to impugn the integrity of Ghana, to malign the good record of hospitality services to our guest did not work.

“There were reports that the Zambians had been refused a landing permit in Kumasi, when Zambia knew that Kumasi was not an international airport, they wanted to land there direct from Zambia.

“There was also reports that Ghana did not offer them the opportunity to train before the match when under the FIFA rules, they were suppose to train the same time as the match and at the same venue as the match.

“In fact, the match venue which was 4pm at the Baba Yara, they didn’t turn up, they rather chose to turn-up at 6:30pm and when they were refused entry because it was not even visible at that time, they decided to train on the asphalt at the stadium and that was not acceptable. All these were their own doing.”