George Amoako: Code of conduct for Black Stars players

Author: Isaac Ashietey
George Amoako
George Amoako

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has developed a code of conduct to guide players’ behavior and to ensure they remain disciplined anytime they were on national assignment.

At a press briefing to announce the 23-man Black Stars squad on Tuesday, chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee, George Amoako, said the guidelines had been developed but they were awaiting the arrival of the players to discuss it with them.

The code of conduct has become necessary following player revolt that gave the country bad press during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where Sulley Muntari was suspended from camp over a row while demanding that their bonuses promised them must be paid.

This resulted in the state flying about $3m in a chartered flight to Brazil to distribute to the squad which also sparked public outrage and disdain for the national team.

Five years on, the national team seem to gradually be winning back the sympathy of the public and to avert future recurrence of such conduct, the management committee chairman stated that the players would be made to clearly understand what was contained in the document before agreeing to it.

“The code of conduct for becoming a Black Star player hence forth, will be in force as the committee seriously fine tune the document so that when camp is called all the players will be brief and  they will be made to admit and conform to the GFA code of conduct”, he said.

Mr Amoako said football was a team sport and teams do not rely on one person to succeed but they have to work collectively and discipline was relevant in the success of every team and called on the media to rally support for the team.

He admitted that since the committee was reconstituted a few months ago, nothing significant had been achieved but was confident they were on the right course to ensuring the team succeeds.