The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has charged the Ghana football Association (GFA) to call its Executive Council member, Nana Oduro Sarfo to order over his disparaging and mockery comments about Ghanaian Journalists in his indignant post-match interview on Sunday.
Oduro Sarfo who is the CEO of a third tier side Port FC lost his cool when queried about the hooligan attitude of the fans of Port FC following a goalless draw with Okwahu United at the Kukurantumi Park in the third tier league on Sunday. Fans of both sides are said to have invaded the pitch after game, carrying sticks and other foreign materials and damaging some properties including the inner perimeter.
In a post-match interview with Nkawkaw based Republic FM Journalist, Gideon, Oduro Sarfo grew furious after being asked of what he should have done as an Executive Council Member of the GFA to curtail the unacceptable behaviour of the fans, especially those of his side Port FC, but the former Berekum Chelsea CEO rather turned the heat on the interviewee, extending the insults to all journalists in the country.
In view of the brow, Gideon asked; ”You are an EXCO Member (of the GFA), is it acceptable to enter the pitch with weapons”, referring to the attitude of the fans and what the GFA Executive Council Member, Nana Oduro Sarfo makes of the situation. In his response, he stated;
”Did you see any weapon”? If someone takes woods and stick to invade a pitch to misbehave, I should go and seize it just because I’m EXCO Member? You journalists excuse me to say sometimes I don’t know what is wrong with your mind.
”When you are talking about something that doesn’t connect to the FA then you say I’m an EXCO Member. You are bragging I’m a journalist, what journalist? GHC350 (salary) a month is a journalist”, he mocked.
Reacting to the act of Nana Oduro Sarfo, the SWAG has described his comments as being ”irresponsible”, and has charged the GFA to call him to order.
”@ghanafaofficial please call EXCO member Oduro Sarfo to order for his irresponsible comments about journalists”, SWAG has said in a tweet.
The journalists Association, headed by veteran sports journalist Kwabena Yeboah as President, also demanded some respect for journalists in the country from Oduro Sarfo. This has become necessary as many people turn to disrespect members of the media in the country, despite them discharging their duties as the Fourth Arm of Government.
”Show journalists some respect, Oduro Sarfo”, SWAG demanded.
It is left to be seen whether the GFA will respond to the call by renowned Sports Writers Association.