'Normalization Committee does not owe team hotel'
The Normalization Committee (NC) of the Ghana Football Association has refuted media reports suggesting that players and the technical team of the Black Stars were denied access to their hotel on Monday March 18, 2018.
to the reports, several players who had travelled from abroad to join the team to start their training were left stranded in the streets of Roman Ridge in Accra when they were denied access to the Tang Palace Hotel as a result of a debt owed the hotel by the NC.
However, the Normalization Committee in a statement issued Tuesday March 19 said the reports are false and resulted from an initial miscommunication by security personnel at the hotel.
"The GFA Normalization Committee has not had any event since it came into existence to owe Tang Palace," the statement said.
"Madam Lolita, the Manager of the hotel, was flabbergasted when shown the fabricated story and stated that the arrangement for the players to stay at the hotel has been professional and without a hitch,” the statement added.
Read a copy of the full statement below;
The attention of the GFA’s Normalization Committee (N.C) has been drawn to media reports suggesting players and the technical team of the Black Stars have been denied access to camping base, Tang Palace.
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The reports are false. An initial miscommunication by a security personnel at the facility was immediately corrected.
The GFA Normalization Committee has not had any event since it came into existence to owe Tang Palace.
Madam Lolita, the Manager of the hotel, was flabbergasted when shown the fabricated story and stated that the arrangement for the players to stay at the hotel has been professional and without a hitch.
Nicolas Opoku was the first player to arrive at the team’s hotel on Monday. He was told by a security personnel at the entrance of the hotel that camping was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
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 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.
The players will have their first training session on Tuesday evening ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya.
The NC wish to 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.
The match is billed to start at 6pm whilst the Black Meteors take on Gabon at 3pm at the same venue same day.
Dan Kwaku Yeboah-Spokesperson, Normalization Committee