FIFA & Government Have Agreed To Set Up A “Normalization Committee” To Manage Football In Ghana 

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Kwesi Nyantakyi, Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ever since the airing of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 video documentary that investigated corruption in Ghanaian football, a lot has happened.

The latest was FIFA giving the Government of Ghana (GoG) a deadline to rescind its decision of liquidating the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

However, on Thursday August 16, 2018, a delegation of the Government of Ghana (GoG) led by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah (MP), and comprising the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Samuel A. Jinapor, the Minister for Information designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (MP), the Deputy-Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, and the head of the FIFA/CAF liaison team, Dr. Kofi Amoah, met with a delegation of FIFA officials led by its President, Mr Gianni Infantino, and comprising the Secretary General, Madam Fatma Samoura, and other representatives of the FIFA administration, FIFA reported on its website.

According to the report the members of meeting reached the following decisions:

  1. The Presidents of Ghana and FIFA have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa;
  2. FIFA upon consultation with the GoG and CAF shall establish a normalization committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association;
  3. FIFA in consultation with the GoG and CAF shall appoint persons with integrity and competence to constitute the membership of the normalization committee;
  4. Satisfied with the above measures, the GoG shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association.
  5. FIFA in consultation with the GoG and CAF shall appoint persons with integrity and competence to constitute the membership of the normalization committee;
  6. Satisfied with the above measures, the GoG shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association.

In essence, FIFA will work with government and CAF to set up a committee that will be responsible for managing football in the country.

So, instead of government doing it alone as per the earlier plan, FIFA now wants a seat at the table.

This is a win win for all.

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