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TAMALE - Fifa president Sepp Blatter and one of his deputies, Issa Hayatou, have deservedly commended the Ghanaians for providing four state of the art venues for the Africa Cup of Nations, which got under way here last night.
This was after inspecting some of the facilities here last Thursday.
However, the two influential soccer leaders were left with egg on their faces on Saturday after several local and foreign journalists exchanged punches with the security personnel at the media accreditation centre.
This was after the 800 or so scribes were sent from pillar to post by the police and staff at the centre when they went to fetch their accreditation cards for the tournament, despite some having applied as early as last October.
As the fighting broke pickpockets took advantage and some of the scribes realised afterwards that they had lost their wallets to thugs operating at the Kofi Annan Centre in Accra.
Local newspapers and television stations ran the story about the poor organisation at the media accreditation centre.
Foreign journalists from as far as France, Belgium, Holland and Japan were quite disappointed with Ghana's failure to deal with the accreditation fissue.
Some even speculated that things could be worse in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa if Africa could not organise a smooth tournament for 16 countries, which needs supervision from CAF.
The problem here lies with CAF, who have roped in a private France-based marketing company to coordinate the entire media accreditation process. Some of us were told that our applications were nowhere to be found.
We were referred to one Habuba Sulieman, the CAF communications director, to sign new application forms. But he was nowhere to be found. We were, however, lucky that South African government officials, who are working here in various sections of the tournament as part of the preparations for the 2010 to familiarise themselves with the operations for a big tournament, came to our rescue.
It is high time that CAF got hands-on on such preparations to avoid negative publicity.
It is also good that the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee has brought its communications and marketing experts here for campaigns to promote the event and also give an update to the CAF membership on their preparations.
We are crossing our fingers that the Ghana 2008 tournament does not become a laughing stock.