Shatta Wale’s inability to perform at the 2017 Aiteo CAF Awards have generated a lot of controversies in the country, even though he was paid and had his name on the program. According to the President of the Confederation of African Football, they will probe into why the dancehall musician did not perform on the night even though he was billed to.
President Ahmad in a statement stated that his outfit will get to the bottom of the issue by asking pertinent questions to seek answers from the headline sponsor, Aiteo.
Below is the full statement of CAF which was issued today, Friday.
“We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Ghana President His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for attending the AITEO CAF Awards 2017 in Accra last night.
We would also like to thank the former President of Ghana, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo as well as Madam Clar Weah, the incoming First Lady of Liberia, for representing her husband His Excellency George Weah at the event.
We want to thank all the dignitaries that took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the event and also to the people of Ghana for the big turnout.
For the first time in the history of this awards ceremony, the legends of African football played a major role as they turned up in their numbers to grace the occasion.
For those who were present and for those who could not come, we are grateful and we would like to assure them that we will deepen their contribution to the development of the game in Africa.
Their presence helped to make this event a great success and their enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together very productive.
For the nominees and award winners, we would like to congratulate all of them as they deserve the recognition they got. We want to encourage them and all the footballers across Africa to work harder this year to continue to hoist the flag of Africa wherever they find themselves.
We would to thank all clubs that released their players for the event particularly Liverpool Football Club of England for their outspoken show of respect for African football by releasing their top players to attend the event even though they have an important matches few hours after the event in Accra.
Our sponsors AITEO deserve big commendation as their significant support ensured the fantastic display last night. While praising their efforts we will be seeking an explanation from AITEO over the line-up of musicians for the event.
We had agreed with them, in pursuit of continental spread of the performers, to ensure a regional balance and a strong local representation of at least two musicians from the host nation Ghana – Kidi and Shatta Wale.
However, that did not happen and there is the need for an explanation from them on why that was the case in order to make next year’s event more successful.