GFA denies allegation of removing parts of financial statement

Author: citisports
Prosper Harrison Addo (left) with GFA president Kurt Okraku
Prosper Harrison Addo (left) with GFA president Kurt Okraku

The General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Prosper Harrison Addo has denied allegation of removing some aspects of the Association’s financial statement presented to congress.

On May 2019, the GFA was criticised after it was revealed that page twenty two of the Association’s financial statement for the year was not part of the documented presented to congress.

The page in question contains twenty different items ranging from insurance to consultancy, and how much the Normalization Committee (NC) spent on sixteen of those items including their honorarium.

The document which was presented by the outgoing Normalization Committee in December 2019, covered the period of June 31, 2018 to June 31, 2019.

While some members of the Association; like Winfred Kwaku Osei has accused the GFA of illegally hiding the document to cover some financial malfeasance, others have criticised the Kurt Okraku led administration for defending the Normalisation Committee.

However, the GFA’s General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo, has denied the allegations.

Speaking on Sports Panorama on May 22, 2020, the General Secretary explained that the incident could not have been deliberate because the GFA had already sent full copies of the document to members weeks before Congress.

Let me explain this, the congress details were sent electronically and then some were printed on the congress ground. This is because you get there and you have people telling you they left theirs.

However, previously we just print them and send it to them.

Here, in one of the scanning, page 22, the person who was scanning missed it. So it was not there. But the ones that were presented at the congress were there.

Mr. Addo also addressed accusations that the GFA may have removed the pages ostensibly to protect the Normalisation Committee.

Funny enough in this account, has two lines of account and there is the page 22, so on the extreme left, it is for 2018 and the one closest to it is for the 2017 and 2019.

So if it said that the page was deliberately removed to favor the normalization period then what about the previous periods because the figures are there. So if you look at page 22, the figures are side-by-side, so why will someone deliberately pull it out.

You will know that if you are accounting inclined, the account itself is found on page 7, 8 and 9 and then you will see (note), that is: note 1, 2, 3 and 4, but in this case, it is note 9 for expenses that are for page 21 and 22.

So already, there is the total which is stated, and that amounted to about $10 million and the note is written by the side.

The accounting figures has been catered for and the figures are for the 2018 and 2019 periods and that is for those who want to divide it between the normalization period and the normal period.

Mr. Addo concluded by indicating that none of the Association’s members had written to the GFA to demand for the page because they already have the full document, which has also been sent to FIFA.

Everything has been accounted for and it is clear, including the total for all the figures and the details are stated in the note and in this case the note 9 and that is the page 21 and 22.

I am the General Secretary of the association and I can confirm that no club has written to the FA for page 22. Page 22 was part of the document sent to FIFA.