An ace journalist with ATL FM, University of Cape Coast, Asante Forkuo, says government needs to tread cautiously in its quest to sanitize football and its administration in the country.
His comments come in reaction to news circulating which suggests the Ghana Football Authority has been dissolved by government after an expose by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas unveiled grave corruption within football governing bodies in the country.
The video which has enjoyed massive public attention with hundreds of Ghanaians trooping to watch, only confirms the growing mistrust for football administrators in the country. Anas’ “Number 12” exposes officials within the GFA, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Sports Authority and referees. His investigative piece extended to other West African countries. Perhaps, the biggest football expose on the African continent so far which captured the second most powerful football person in Africa and President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
In a release signed by the honourable minister for Information, Dr. Mustapha Hamid on Thursday, government indicated it is taking steps to bring sanity to Ghana’s football. In a rather sharp contrast, the minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Isaac Asiamah also said government has immediately suspended all football activities and dissolved the GFA.
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In a discussion on ATL FM’s Atlantic Wave on Friday, Mr. Forkuo indicated there are legal implications and effects on decisions that government takes in its bid to sanitize the football system. He said government needs to consult stakeholders in Ghana football, FIFA and CAF before concluding on drastic decisions to satisfy the public.
Per the statutes of the GFA, the association is a private company limited by guarantee and registered under the Companies Code, 1963 (ACT 179), hence government’s dissolution may incur a number of legal implications.
Mr. Forkuo also said FIFA, per its regulations, frowns on third party interference in football affairs.
He indicated, “Per Article 13(I) of FIFA’s statutes, football associations are obliged to manage their affairs independently and ensure that their own affairs are not influenced by any third party. Again, failure to comply with this will warrant sanctions by FIFA”.
He believes there is no need to rush in taking decisions without duly consulting the people that matter.
By: ATL FM News