The Ashanti Regional Director of the National Sports Authority Joshua Mensah has been summoned by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for issuing the infamous directive of no football matches at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi.
The NSA boss directed that Saturday matches at the stadium should give way to funeral activities to help to raise enough funds for maintenance works.
In a statement signed by the deputy minister of Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, the Regional director is to appear and justify why he should not be sanctioned by the Ministry for issuing such a directive without the authorization and approval from the ministry and the National Sports Authority.
The statement read as follows; ‘It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, certain comments and suggestions made by the Regional Director of the NSA, Ashanti Region to the effect that the Baba Yara Stadium may soon be closed to sporting activities on Saturdays in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi.
‘This has generated some disquiet and apprehension. Whiles I commend the D-G of the NSA for swift reaction in indicating that no such decision has been made and approved, I have directed that the Regional Director be invited immediately to Accra to explain why he should not be sanctioned for making public comments of such serious nature without authorization’.
The infamous directive was issued on Tuesday at a media briefing at the stadium to launch the African Confederations cup campaign of Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko.