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Dissolving GFA is overkill – Ayariga

Mahama Ayariga wants corrupt officials prosecuted
Mahama Ayariga wants corrupt officials prosecuted

Government’s decision to dissolve the Ghana Football Association has attracted mixed reactions with a former Sports Minister calling it an overkill.

Mahama Ayariga, who was the Youth and Sports Minister between 2014 and 2015 under President Mahama, opined that it would be unfair for the Ghana Premier League, international assignments and other football related events to be suspended due to the sins of a few officials.

The Information Minister in a statement on Thursday announced that government is taking steps to dissolve the football association.

The action follows what government described as “pervasive rot” within the GFA after top football officials were captured on video taking bribe to influence various games.

“Shocked and outraged” by the investigative documentary by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the government believes dissolving the FA would sanitise the system.

Mahama Ayariga conceded that though dissolving the association is appropriate to root out kingpins who still have stronghold on the GFA, totally disbanding it based on the facts available is “an overkill”.

He asserted that the Ghana Football Association does not belong to the government to arrogate that prerogative of dissolving the association.

He however told Rainbow Radio he backs President Akufo-Addo’s decision to report the GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi to the police CID when the latter used his name to woo undercover investors.

Mr. Ayariga therefore wants the about 78 match officials caught in the secretly recorded video prosecuted whilst the rest are allowed to run the FA.

Read: Government dissolves Ghana Football Association

By Isaac Essel |3news.com | Ghana

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