The Government of Ghana (Gog) and FIFA have reached an agreement to ensure the resumption of football in Ghana with a normalization committee. The agreement was reached on Thursday after a meeting of FIFA and a government delegation on the way forward for football in Ghana. A series of points of agreement were raised after the meeting and agreed by both parties.
The government of Ghana requested for a meeting with FIFA following the latter’s threat of banning Ghana from all football related activities if the former does not back down on its resolve to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA). This follows the Anas Aremeyaw Anas investigative piece entitled #Number12 which uncovered corruption within the ranks of the GFA.
However, snippers of information emerging from the said meeting point to the fact that, the Gog have given up the idea of dissolving the GFA with FIFA promising to also assist in fighting corruption.
Below is a full catalog of the points agreed on at the meeting as captured in the statement released by the delegation after the meeting:
- The presidents of Ghana and FIFA have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and Africa.
- That government and FIFA shall work closely to eradicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana.
- The government of Ghana and FIFA shall establish a joint task force to create proper disciplinary, governance and auditing mechanisms as well as ensure that persons who are found culpable are punished in accordance with domestic Ghanaian laws and FIFA statutes.
- FIFA upon consultation with the government of Ghana and CAF shall establish a normalisation committee to replace the executive committee of the Ghana Football Association.
- FIFA in consultation with the Ghana gervenment and CAF shall appoint persons with intergrity and competence to constitute the membership of the normalisation committee.
- Satisfied with the above measures, the government of Ghana shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association.