The entire Ghana Football Association (GFA) should be dissolved and cleansed in order to tackle corruption-related matters in Ghana football, former Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has suggested.
Mr Vanderpuye does not care if FIFA bans the country from participating in international competitions as a result of such a house-cleaning exercise.
“The government must dissolve the GFA with immediate effect and face the consequences from FIFA,” he said on Thursday, 7 June 2018.
Mr Vanderpuye added that: “It is the only thing that will save Ghana football. Nigeria did it and today they are reaping the benefits. They incurred a 6-month ban for it, but today they are in the World Cup.
“We didn’t qualify for the World Cup, so, this is the time for us to take that action.
“It will give us enough time to reorganise our football before the World Cup in Qatar comes around. The GFA is an association under the Sports Ministry so it can be done,” he said.
He suggested that: “An interim committee should be put in place so we can restructure. A few representatives from GHALCA and some football people can make up that committee”, adding that: “A few GFA officials have shown some integrity, for example, J.F Mensah and Lawyer Kweku Eyiah and these are people who can take us forward”.
“The fact”, he said, “Is if we don’t dissolve the GFA and all the regional FAs this problem can never be fixed because all the people in charge have been put there by Kwesi Nyantakyi”.
His comments follow the release of the Number 12 undercover documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in which officials of the GFA were caught in compromising situations with some accepting moneys and bribes to take decisions and actions in favour of those who paid them.