GFA Cajoles FIFA to Avoid Gov’t Action

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has asked the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to give it, at least, six months to reform the association, as appropriate measures are being taken to restore confidence in it.

In a 24-page petition to the world governing body, it noted that all officials of the GFA, shown to have allegedly committed various acts of misconduct in the Tiger Eye PI documentary, shall step aside from their positions and stay away from all football-related activities with immediate effect, adding that the conduct of the said officials has been referred to the GFA Ethics Committee, chaired by COP Kofi Boakye (the Director-General of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS), to go through the judicial process.

According to the petition: “The GFA shall not interfere in the works of the Ethics Committee, and shall embrace any decision that the Ethics Committee may come out with, and that the Referees Appointment Committee has also been dissolved, thus, all the competitions of the GFA have temporary been put on hold.

“That a five-member team, comprising of Messrs Kweku Eyiah (Leader), Benjamin Nab Eyison, Kurt Okraku (Spokespersons), and Isaac Addo and Samuel Opoku Nti, has been tasked to meet the government for a resolution of the current impasse, as well as draw up a programme for lasting reforms, where the GFA shall soon come out with a road map for the election of a substantive President, in accordance with its statutes.”

The GFA is, among other things, also asking FIFA to allow the remaining leadership team of the GFA to be given the opportunity to introduce monumental changes, so as to win the public’s confidence and allow for more transparency and accountability within the organisation.

The petition is also asking that FIFA does not declare a ban on the GFA and the processes of reforms, adding that four days after the resignation of the then President, the government went to the court to wind down the GFA.

It would be recalled that the government, through the Attorney General, sought a court injunction on all football and administrative works of the GFA, after the then GFA President, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, and some other top administrators, were caught on camera engaging in taking bribes.

Source: GNA

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