Ghana to discontinue with winding up Ghana Football Association

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The government of Ghana is to take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the world football governing body, FIFA, announced on Thursday.

This follows a meeting held in Zurich between a Ghana government delegation and FIFA officials after a warning by the world football governing body that it would ban Ghana from all football-related activities for interfering in activities of GFA.

A press statement on the FIFA website said the meeting resolved that the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa.

It said FIFA upon consultation with the government of Ghana and Confederation of African Football (CAF) shall establish a normalization committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association.

FIFA in consultation with the government of Ghana and CAF shall also appoint persons with integrity and competence to constitute the membership of the normalization committee.

"Satisfied with the above measures, the (government of Ghana) shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association," it said.

The Ghana government was talking tough ahead of the meeting with FIFA officials on the threat to ban the West African country from football-related activities for interfering in activities of GFA.

The state-owned Graphic newspaper reported on Thursday that Ghana said that it would not compromise on the sovereignty of the nation when its delegation met with FIFA officials to deliberate on the best means to resolve the impasse over perceived governmental interference in the running of the GFA.

FIFA, in a letter to the Liaison Committee, led by Dr Kofi Amoah, which is currently managing Ghana football, accused the government of third-party interference and gave the country a 27 August ultimatum to withdraw its application to the High Court to commence the liquidation process of the GFA or risk being banned from all football-related activities.

FIFA General Secretary, Fatma Samoura, said the world body considered the government's legal process to liquidate the GFA as "undue influence in the affairs of the GFA" and violated FIFA statutes."

Explaining government's position on the matter, the Minister for Information-designate, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said although it disagreed with FIFA, it would continue to engage with the world football governing body because it remained hopeful that the impasse would be resolved.

"We believe that the two of us can come to a common goal. FIFA's objective and ours appear to be the same and we believe that by re-engaging, we can come to that common point. But our sovereignty, our clarity to deal with the matters that we have witnessed are things that we will not compromise on," Mr Nkrumah emphasised.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, in a letter to FIFA asked for further engagement to agree the way forward following the threat to ban Ghana.

The Bureau of the FIFA Council on Tuesday said that formal investigation proceedings were currently being carried out by the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee against Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, former president of GFA, who has been provisionally suspended by a decision taken by the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

However, it said, the Bureau considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes.

"Under these circumstances, the Bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12:00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof," it added.

The developments in Ghana football follow a film by controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas that showed football administrators and match officials allegedly accepting cash gifts.

Nyantakyi resigned from his posts as GFA president and from other positions he held with FIFA and the Confederation of African Football. He denies any wrongdoing.
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16 Agosto 2018 18:08:35




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