Government officially stops dissolution of Ghana Football Association

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana has officially stopped the dissolution of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as agreed between world football governing body, FIFA, and the government of Ghana earlier this month.

The local media reported on Tuesday that an Accra High Court has ordered the Registrar-General's Department to return all assets in its possession belonging to the GFA.

This follows Deputy Attorney-General, Godfred Dame's application to withdraw a petition the state filed to liquidate the country’s football governing body and all its assets.

The court has also revoked its earlier order appointing the Registrar-General as the official liquidator of GFA.

The government of Ghana agreed to take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the GFA following 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.

FIFA said the meeting resolved that the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, had 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 normalisation committee to replace the Executive Committee of the GFA.

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.

FIFA had 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.

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

GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was named as allegedly receiving gifts, resigned from his posts as GFA president and from other positions he held with FIFA and CAF. He denies any wrongdoing.
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28 august 2018 11:59:09

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