Ghana faces FIFA ban for government interference

Fatma Samoura: FIFA General Secretary
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The FIFA General Secretary expressed concern about the lack of clarity into the government’s investigations into the GFA

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has cautioned government to immediately halt its move to liquidate the Ghana Football Association (GFA) or be banned.

The warning comes after government sought a court action to dissolve the GFA in the aftermath of the Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposé. Over 77 Ghanaian referees and officials were caught up in the said investigative piece, allegedly compromising their positions in exchange for money.

The exposé, titled ‘Number 12’, led to the resignation of Kwesi Nyantakyi as GFA president, before he was later handed a 90-day provisional ban by FIFA. However, despite the world’s football governing body insisting that investigations are ongoing into matter, the government of Ghana also took steps to liquidate the GFA.

This has led to a warning from FIFA requesting that government withdraws the court action seeking to liquidate the GFA or risk being banned. A statement from FIFA said the court action against the GFA is deemed as an interference in football, which will not be condoned.

Ghana faces FIFA ban for government interference

“Under these circumstances, the Bureau based on art.16 par. 1 of the Fifa statutes decided on 11 August 2018 that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12h00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect,” sections of the statement read.

A ban would bar Ghana from hosting the Africa Women’s Championship which is scheduled for November, as well as the affect the Black Stars’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya next month.

Ghana faces FIFA ban for government interference

On June 7, the GFA’s long-standing president was arrested by the police to assist in investigations following a complaint by President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo Addo that Mr Nyantakyi fraudulently used his name and office and also that of the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and other leading government officials as captured in the investigative work by Anas Aremayaw Anas of Tiger Eye PI.

On June 12, the High Court in Accra placed an interim injunction on the activities of the GFA following an application by the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo.

The legal battle took another turn in August as some members of the GFA’s Executive Committee are filed a writ at the Supreme Court in Ghana challenging the government’s petition to dissolve the GFA.
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