Abbey – AFCON 2017 voting lacked transparency

Ghana’s bid team for the 2017 Nations Cup has questioned the transparency of the voting that killed their dream of bring Africa’s biggest football competition to Ghana in two years.

Ghana lost out to Gabon in a vote by the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football and missed out on hosting the event for the second time in a decade and a third time in twenty.

While CAF’s decision has been widely welcome in Ghana where the bid was hugely unpopular, Randy Abbey, a member of the bid team feels the way the winner was revealed smears the process.

“We would like to congratulate Gabon. We put in our best. Unfortunately our name didn’t appear on the paper,” Abbey told BBC’s Sports Today program.

“We are intrigued that by the fact that per the rules of this contest the outright winner must have majority of the votes. The 14 people voting at least should have been told how many votes each country obtained and therefore the basis of a country winning first round. But our checks even suggest that the executive committee members were not told of the results of their votes. They were ushered into the conference room like everybody else. I don’t think that in 2015 this is the kind of thing we should be portraying to the world. There ought to be transparency.”

While Abbey lamented what he called a lack of transparency, many Ghanaians took to social media to openly celebrate the bid defeat claiming the country has too many problems to take on the task of hosting the Nations Cup.