Normalisation Committee: Black Stars not stranded at Tang Palace

Author: Peter Sarbah
Dan Kwaku Yeboah
Dan Kwaku Yeboah

The Normalisaton Committee of the Ghana Football Association has denied media reports indicating the Black Stars and their technical team had been stranded at the Tang Palace hotel.

On Monday it was reported that some players had been denied access to the facility where the national team was expected to camp due to unpaid debt by the Normalisation Committee.

However, a statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Normalization Committee, Dan Kwaku Yeboah, has refuted those claims insisting there was rather a miscommunication which was rectified later for the players to commence camping.

“When the Normalization Committee was made aware of this miscommunication, Acting General Secretary, Alex Asante, reached the management of Tang Palace and the misconception was immediately corrected.

“Opoku and Lumor Agbenyenu as at close of day on Monday, were the two players to have arrived and resting in their rooms at Tang Palace, with most of the players expected to arrive later in the night”, the statement noted.

The spokesperson also said the Committee had not organized any event since they came into office and therefore described as false, reports indicating that they owed the hospitality facility which informed their decision to prevent the players from using the hotel.

“The Normalization Committee would also like to place on record that it does not owe Tang Palace and the report suggesting the players were turned away due to indebtedness must completely be disregarded”.

Explaining what actually transpired, Yeboah said “Nicolas Opoku was the first player to arrive at the team’s hotel on Monday. He was told by security personnel at the entrance of the hotel that camping was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

This, he said, the Normalisation Committee quickly went to rectify and stated how the Tang Palace officials expressed outraged by the publication when it came to their notice.

He urged the public to treat the publication with the contempt it deserves and encourage fans to “throng the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday to support our national team beat Kenya and add to the resurgence of football mania in our dear country”.