National teams’ drummer and motivator, Joseph Langabel, has claimed former Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah was sabotaged to fail by his party people because he was getting too powerful.
Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah was appointed Youth and Sports in 2013 and was reshuffled to the office of the President as a Minister of State in 2014.
Langabel, who is known for his long-term association with the national teams and other local clubs, alleged on Max TV that he warned the former Ayawaso West Wuogon MP of what is happening behind the scenes but he did not take the necessary measures to curb it.
“I warned the Minister about plots behind the scenes by senior officials close to him and at the Sports Ministry to make sure he messes up because they saw him as getting too popular and powerful”, Langabel claimed.
Going further, he said he was making a revelation to host of the show, Yaw Ampofo Ankrah, who accidentally is the brother of the former minister, stating the downfall of the former minister was not an opposition strategy but the work of his party (NDC) people.
He said: “Let me tell you something, Yaw, your brother was brought down by his people and not any opposition strategy.
“I knew about this because I always have a means of getting information from all corners. So, I went to his office to warn him about some of his close political allies who were working against him.
“But he did not take the necessary action that is why they succeeded in sabotaging him and you know what I am saying is true”, he concluded.
During the 2014 World Cup, the government was forced to fly more than $3million to Brazil in a charted flight to pay player appearance fees.
It was coupled with the team’s abysmal performances that saw the team exit the competition at the group stages. It necessitated the constitution of a Presidential Commission of Enquiry to look into these activities.