The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has issued a statement in response to what they believe is a deliberate attempt by some individuals to “defame” the association and “destroy” the Black Stars brand following the team’s early exit from the World Cup.
The four-time African champions were eliminated in the first round after collecting three points from three games. They lost their first game to Portugal, then beat South Korea before losing to Uruguay, confirming their elimination from the tournament.
Much has been said since Ghana’s exit, and the GFA believes some of the comments are defamatory and has instructed lawyers to take action.
Full Statement below
Following the exit of the senior national team, the Black Stars from the on-going FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, the Ghana Football Association issued a statement dated December 2, 2022 (same day of the third match). We apologised to the general public and all stakeholders and also indicated that we will continue with the positive lessons going into the future.
The GFA has since kept an open mind and continue to listen and receive comments, suggestions, and ideas from well-meaning Ghanaians both home and abroad for the improvement of the team.
Unfortunately, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has noticed that a few persons are deliberately maligning and defaming the GFA and the Black Stars brand in an attempt to manufacture a non-existent scandal about the team.
While the Association will continue to encourage feedback and opinions (devoid of insults, personal attacks, and brand devaluation), the protection of the brands from deliberate lies, misinformation and defamatory comments must be curbed, as the Black Stars remains a global brand that unites all Ghanaians.
The Ghana Football Association has therefore instructed its lawyers to institute legal action against persons who defame the Association, its officials, products and destroy the Black Stars brand as well as the media platforms used to do same.
The legal forum will provide the opportunity for these persons to bring any evidence to substantiate their allegations.
The Association will continue to encourage opinions and comments being expressed aimed at improving the team and the brand.
Once again, the Association wishes to express its profound gratitude to all persons and stakeholders for their positive suggestions and ideas towards the improvement of the team and the Football Association.