Ghana government gives up on dissolving GFA

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
A normalisation committee will now replace the GFA Executive Committee per the FIFA-GoG resolution
A normalisation committee will now replace the GFA Executive Committee per the FIFA-GoG resolution

After two months of attempting to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the government of Ghana has now given up on the idea. Instead, now it will collaborate with football’s world governing body, FIFA, to set up a normalisation committee in a bid to clean up Ghana football.

The normalisation committee will be formed by FIFA in consultation with the Ghana government and the Confederation of African Football (CAF)

This is the significant outcome of a meeting between the government and FIFA at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Thursday, at the insistence of the Ghana delegation in reaction to a letter from the world governing body on Monday.

FIFA had served notice to ban from international football by August 27 if the government failed to discontinue the processes to liquidate the Ghana FA.

The world football governing body had viewed the government of Ghana’s action as undue interference in the administration of Ghana football and in contravention of FIFA statutes, while the government insisted that ‘widespread’ corruption and illegal acts within football administration in Ghana as exposed by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, needed to be eliminated and discouraged.

A media release from FIFA after Thursday’s meeting, acknowledged government’s satisfaction with measures agreed with FIFA to deal with corruption in football.

Highlights of the resolution after Thursday’s meeting are that:

    *  The Presidents of Ghana and FIFA have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa;

*      That the GoG and FIFA shall work closely to eradicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana;

*   The GoG and FIFA shall establish a joint task force to create proper disciplinary, governance and auditing mechanisms as well as ensure that persons who are found culpable are punished in accordance with Ghanaian domestic laws and FIFA statutes;

*  FIFA upon consultation with the GoG and CAF shall establish a normalization committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association;

*  FIFA in consultation with the GoG and CAF shall appoint persons with integrity and competence to constitute the membership of the normalization committee.

FIFA's team was made up of its president, Mr Gianni Infantino,  the Secretary General, Madam Fatma Samoura and other representatives of the FIFA administration, while  Ghana's delegation was made up of the Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Samuel A. Jinapor, the Minister for Information designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Deputy-Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame and the head of the FIFA/CAF liaison team, Dr. Kofi Amoah.