Gov’t to restructure GFA –Attorney General

In a bid to bring reforms in the development of football in Ghana, the Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo, yesterday successfully secured a court order from an Accra High Court to place an interim injunction on all activities at the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The 10-day injunction also seeks to inhibit all members of the association to engage in any football related activities to allow for thorough and detailed investigations after revelations of alleged corrupt activities by some officials of the GFA in the just aired investigative documentary by Tiger Eye PI.

In her argument before the court, Madam Akufo noted that the court order, presided over by Justice Samuel Asiedu, was sought by government to allow it to initiate processes that would determine the future of managing and overseeing the administration and development of football in Ghana.

Describing the current GFA as a ‘rotten soup,’ the Attorney General said government’s decision was stirred by illegal practices that outraged the nation captured in the documentary. She further added that officials of the GFA have used the association for some scandalous and corrupt activities.

Referring to the Dzamefe Commission report after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Madam Akuffo also told the court that it is evident, the association and its former president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, used the GFA as an instrument for self-aggrandizement and a means by some officials to make themselves rich.

Former GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was caught on camera allegedly requesting $11 million from undercover reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts. He also apparently tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA in what the expose said was a “clear breach” of ethics.

The Attorney General said the documentary “exposes gross malfunctioning of the Ghana Football Association characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery.”

“The GFA has now become an instrument for self-aggrandizement by people who run it to make themselves rich, GFA has undermined its existence and therefore in the interest of protecting the national interests, we say the Attorney-General owes the duty to take urgent measures to stop this,” she argued.

She further argued that seeing the recent investigative piece by undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, places the GFA in a position that is frail in administering football in Ghana. She revealed that processes are far advanced to impress on the Register General to initiate immediate processes that may liquidate the association.

She disclosed part of her pleas before the court was also to allow the Register General to take over the administration of the facility until the current restructuring reforms are finalised. She however debunked assertions of a possible ban by FIFA over government’s interference in football.

 

Story: Gottlieb BAAKO

Writer’s Email: gottlieb.baako@todaygh.com

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