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A lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, Moses Foh-Amoaning, has described former President Mahama’s reaction to the 2014 Wold Cup saga as one of the boldest decisions a leader has taken in the annals of Ghana’s political history. He said the former President quickly determined the best solution after weighing all other options. Standing behind a decision that everyone agrees with is easy to do. Standing behind a decision that everyone is against is what a great leader live for and that was what Former President Mahama did vis-a-vis how FIFA, some of his party members and some members of the FA reacted prior to the establishment of the commission.
Speaking on Adakabre Frimpong Manso’s afternoon show on Neat FM, the law lecturer said in 2014, the President of the Republic then, Mr John Mahama, did not suspend the Sports Minister- he removed the substantive Minister and his deputy from the sports ministry. He said unknown to many Ghanaians, President Mahama struggled between two options- setting up of a commission or a committee but ultimately dealt with the tougher option successfully. He told the host that, the President could have opted for a committee instead of a commission but to ensure transparency and true independence, he settled on a commission.
When the Former President settled on the establishment of a commission to look into the 2014 world cup allegations, FIFA expressed concerns about the commission. FIFA said the President’s decision violated the body’s statutes of barring the involvement of government in the administration of football. In a letter dated August 7 and signed by the then Deputy General Secretary of FIFA, Markus Kattner, the body warned Ghana to stay clear of the affairs of the Ghana Football Association and to respect the autonomy of the federation or risk sections. However, the former President asked the commission to start its work. It was one of the boldest decisions taken by a Ghanaians leader in the country’s history.
The two issues are different. FIFA has its administrative rules when it comes to such issues which are different from rules governing the commonwealth games. He said we’ve seen improvement at the sports ministry because of recommendations the commission made after the 2014 commission.