GFA Normalisation Committee cancels Special Competition

Author: Maurice Quansah
Dr Kofi Amoah is the head of the GFA Normalisation committee

The GFA Normalisation Committee has cancelled the proposed Special Competition aimed at getting Ghanaian clubs busy whilst the Dr Kofi Amoah-led group continues with its core mandate of reforming Ghana football.

A press statement issues yesterday explained that the cancellation of the competition for the Premier League Clubs and Division One League clubs had been occasioned by frustrations and impediments put in the way of the Normalisation Committee (NC) by the Premier League clubs, who initially opposed the original format of the competition until their requests were accommodated in a new format.

“Anytime the game was about starting there was a hiccup from the premier league clubs and the tournament never started.

The NC has come to a point where the truth must be told and the right things be done to save Ghana football which is a great asset for the people of Ghana even though it has private sector colouration,” the statement indicated.

The FA’s caretaker body apologised to the Division One League clubs who had overwhelmingly subscribed to participate in the special competition which had attractive prize monies.

However, the statement indicated that a new programme would be announced to engage the clubs while the process of reforms continues.

“We want to assure the people of Ghana that Ghana football will be normalised, and will not allow the inherent greatness of our football to die on the alter of selfishness, greed and braggadocio,” the statement added.

Only last week, the Normalisation Committee released fixtures of the competition and its regulations ahead of an official launch this week.

The statement explained the processes that informed the decision to organise a special competition and steps the FA body took to secure funding of $1.2 million from the government for its organisation and other football activities after the committee failed to secure sponsorship from the corporate sector.

It said the Normalisation Committee took time to meet the football community to help understand the challenges and problems facing Ghana football to which the clubs and players appealed made an appeal to it for early return of organised competitions since the suspension of the leagues last June in the aftermath of an expose on widespread corruption in Ghana football.

“The clubs said they were hemorrhaging with debt and their players were getting rusty. The NC heard their appeal and put together a tournament that was designed to make the game beautiful and encourage fans to go to venue centres and also watch on television.

“There were arrangements to pay better fees to referees, budget for media hype to generate interest and a core of young volunteers to help generate interest in young people in football. Additionally, plans had been put in place to telecast the matches to bring football to the doorstep of the people.

“The government heard our plea and advanced $1.2 million not just to restart football but to train referees and also look at women football and colts football,” the statement added.