Reforms C’ttee to finish work next week

Author: Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo
Jones Abu Alhassan
Jones Abu Alhassan

The chairman of the Reforms Committee of the Ghana League Clubs Association, Jones Alhassan-Abu, has hinted that the seven-man body will finish its work by next week.

He told Graphic Sports Online on Tuesday that the committee had so far finished work on the Statutes and the Disciplinary Code and would tackle Corporate Governance in Tuesday's meeting.

Mr Alhassan-Abu disclosed that the last subject that will engage the attention of the committee will be the new format for the Ghana Premier League (GPL) and the lower leagues like Division One and Division Two.

He explained that in order to do a thorough job, the committee decided to break its work down to four main thematic areas, comprising a revision of the GFA Statutes, Disciplinary Code, Corporate Governance and a new format for the various leagues.

He assured that the committee will strongly recommend the adoption of an independent Premier League body outside the GFA to manage the top flight as part of the reforms.

“We want to adopt international best practices. The first top five leagues in Europe and Africa are run by independent bodies outside the FA, so why not Ghana?” he quizzed.

According to him he proposed this concept in August 1993 when he presented a paper at a stakeholders forum organised by the then Sports Minister, Enoch Teye Mensah, at Winneba.

He said while he suggested that the nation needed a minimum of five years to introduce a professional league, the Minister insisted that clubs should be incorporated by October to mark the beginning of the professional league which later became a fiasco.

“So 25 years down the line, we are still where we are without any progress,” he lamented.

He also recalled with pain how a two-week trip to South Africa in 2004 by Kwesi Nyantakyi, Kudjoe Fianoo and Richard Oblitey Solomon to study the Premier Soccer League also amounted to nothing though the trio came back with a laudable report to form an autonomous body to run the Ghana Premier League.

“Now, some great ideas are being put together by the members of the committee to help Ghana Football.
“We want to give the Normalisation Committee a skeleton to dress up when its starts work,” he said.

Mr Alhassan-Abu described the current situation as a fine opportunity to restructure Ghana Football once and for all for the betterment of the game.

He also revealed that the CEO of Wa All Stars, Mr Samuel Oduro Nyarko, has been drafted into the committee to bring his rich experience to bear on the project.

The committee was formed by GHALCA a fortnight ago to revise the GFA Statutes as part of reforms to improve Ghana Football.
Other members of the committee are Randy Abbey, George Amoako, Oloboi Commodore, Wilson Arthur, and lawyers Emmanuel Larbi Amoah and Agbesi Dzakpasu, with Hearts of Oak CEO, Mark Noonan, as an ex-officio member.