Alhaji Gruzah blasts FIFA Liaison team head

The owner of Kumasi-based, King Faisal FC, Alhaji Abdul Karim Grusah, has taken a swipe at the head of the newly inaugurated Interim Management Committee, Dr. Kofi Amoah, for personally presenting cash to the Black Princesses in Accra last week.

Dr. Kofi Amoah in meeting with the Black Princesses donated cash directly to the team to boost their morale ahead of the FIFA–U-20 Women’s World Cup but the experienced football administrator believes it was a clear display of unprofessionalism and immaturity on the part of Dr. Amoah.

“Dr Kofi Amoah didn’t do well by sharing dollars to players. He didn’t apply his maturity. He should have given the money to the technical team or the coach to share it to the players. That’s how it was supposed to be done. The Liaison team clearly don’t know what they are doing. I’ve been trying to have a meeting with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo but to no avail,” he said.

Commenting on the current state of football in Ghana, Alhaji Gruzah explained that series of events prior to the viewing of the investigative documentary by Anas and Tiger Eye PI proved that all was not well with the Kwesi Nyantakyi led administration.

He accused the current Minister responsible for Sports, Hon Isaac Asiamah, of masterminding the downfall of Kwesi Nyantakyi.

“It’s nonsense to have allowed Eddies Doku who was captured in the video taking the bribe to sign their petition to FIFA. I told Kwesi Nyantakyi to be extra careful with Hon Isaac Asiamah. He smiles with you but hates you deep down. Hon Isaac Asiamah’s classmates have told me about his character.”

“Hon Isaac Asiamah denied me of the stadium renovation work. He refused to give me the job. I don’t want to talk about Hon Isaac Asiamah because people think I hate him because he denied me a contact. I have all the rights to feel bad or hate him for denying me that contact. I have been an NPP member longer than him despite the fact he is MP and a minister.”

Alhaji Grusah said he still had plans of contesting the top job of Ghana Football Association (GFA) should the election take next year.

Meanwhile, only 10 clubs have so far submitted proposals for the restructuring of Ghana football as requested by the FIFA Liaison team. The paltry figure flies in the face of attempts by the two-man team to solicit ideas in a bid to restore normalcy to local football.

Several clubs have been reluctant to submit proposals to the committee—citing their lack of locus in requesting for ideas from the same clubs who have been accused negatively in the local media.

Businessman, Dr Amoah and Ghana FA Technical Director, Francis Oti Akenteng, were appointed by FIFA to mediate between them and CAF as they seek to ensure the continuous running of football in the country.

But the two men appear to have hit a brick wall after majority of clubs refused to cooperate with them for going beyond their mandate. Many clubs are unwilling to submit proposals urging the two-man committee to focus on their core mandate of coordinating activities of the national teams.


Story: Gottlieb BAAKO

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