In the wake of happenings in Ghana football, Fearsome Elmina Sharks owner, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has stressed that club owners will not take a back seat but will work with the stakeholders with a sense of urgency to help solve the problems facing football in the country.
Addressing media persons in Accra on Thursday morning, Dr Nduom pointed out that even before Anas’ Number 12 exposé, it was evident Ghana football was bedeviled with loads of challenges.
These, he said, included lack of enthusiasm and significant sponsorship for the local league.
He went on to add that there was also the problem of inadequate financial reward for the clubs and the various stakeholders in football, noting that the quality of some of the pitches was also questionable.
In the estimation of Dr Nduom, there was no one-party solution to the problems saddling football in the country, adding that government alone cannot do it all.
“Government of Ghana, FIFA, football administrators and club owners must all sit down and arrive at a solution to the problems that have engulfed football in the country,” he averred.
Against this backdrop, the Fearsome Elmina Sharks owner expressed the readiness of club owners to work with the government, FIFA and all other relevant stakeholders and bodies to ensure that these problems are addressed.
He said club owners have invested heavily in football, adding that it will not bode well for the game for them to be relegated to the background.
Furthermore, Dr Nduom indicated that there was more club owners could bring to the table to make football attractive for the millions of Ghanaian football fans.
He also reiterated his call for reforms in football administration in the country.
“The GFA statutes must be corrected because of some difficulties, errors that are in there,” Dr Nduom urged.
That notwithstanding, he stressed the need for the football league to be “reborn and restructured.”
According to him, if these measures were not taken “there can be no proper football in Ghana.”
Why Nduom could not travel to Zurich
Dr Nduom also used the opportunity to explain why he could not travel to Zurich.
He showed an e-mail from FIFA informing him that his trip to Zurich to participate in meetings on Ghana football matters has been cancelled.
Below is the email from FIFA and letter to Ghana’s Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah.
Subject: Cancellation – Your participation in meetings in Zurich
Dear Mr Kweku, Mr Nduom
I hope that you are well.
Due to the Ghanaian government’s insistence that the court injunction against Ghana FA is still valid, we have had to withdraw your invitations to the meeting in Zurich. We understand that your participation in the meeting would be against the relevant Ghanaian laws and you might personally face certain sanctions. As such, we advise you not to travel to Zurich.
A letter has been sent to the Ghanaian government (as attached) confirming that only FIFA and the Ghanaian government will participate in the meetings in Zurich. A new date of Friday 29 June 2018 has been set for the meeting.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and assure you of our commitment to resolving the current issues in Ghanaian football. ,
Senior Development Manager
CAF & Caribbean Region Subdivision
Member Associations Division
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
FIFA-Strasse 20 P.O. Box 8044 Zurich Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)43 222 7777 Tel. Direct: +41 (0)43 222 7929
Mobile: +41 (0)79 585 9394
Story: Elizabeth AMARFIO