I wasn’t sacked from Chile, coming to Ghana was a promotion – Jon Benjamin

5641922200512_6976552311900British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin has rubbished claims by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) that he was sacked from his job in Chile.

He said contrary to that claim, coming to Ghana was rather a promotion because Britain’s relationship with Ghana is of higher priority than Chile.

Mr Benjamin was reacting to Ibrahim Sani Daara’s allegations that he was sacked from his last job in Chile.

The High Commissioner told host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Kojo Yankson, Friday that the GFA had its facts wrong.

Mr Benjamin had criticised the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for not using FIFA’s money to develop good pitches at grassroots level for ordinary Ghanaians.

The British High Commissioner observed that GFA officials were buying ‘very expensive luxury SUVs’ for their personal use whilst there are no pitches fr sports developments in Ghana.

The comments did not go down well with the football governing body in Ghana. The GFA in a sharp rebuttal described the comments as “cack-handed.”

Mr Benjamin, a diplomat of more than 28 years experience, before his appointment to Ghana was accused of being forced out of Chile over some comments he made against Argentina.

Responding to the allegations, he said the GFA Spokesperson’s claims that, “… I was almost sacked from my last job…is simply untrue. In fact, I came here on promotion because Britain’s relations with Ghana is so important that the job here as High Commissioner is high grade Ambassadorship than the one to Chile.”

Jon Benjamin added that he does not engage in personal insults and he will apologise accordingly if the need be but he “thinks that debate is great. I don’t expect people to agree with me, I don’t want people to agree with me if I make a statement. I think it’s perfectly legitimate to take issue and I welcome that.”

“I think people should disagree with facts and counter arguments and substantive rebuttals not with personal insults,” he added.

source: myjoyonline.com

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