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Ghana reaches deal with FIFA to escape ban; court case against GFA to be withdrawn

Government has agreed with world football governing body FIFA, to stop all process it initiated to dissolve the Ghana Football Association in the aftermath of the corruption exposé in the country’s football administration.

This means Ghana will among other things, immediately withdraw the court case it initiated to wind up the GFA whose president and some members were caught up in bribery allegations.

FIFA in a letter dated August 11 threatened to ban Ghana from global football if it failed to withdraw the action; something that caused government to request an emergency meeting with FIFA Thursday.

Ghana’s delegation was made up of the Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Samuel A. Jinapor, Information Minister designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Deputy-Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame.

On the side of FIFA were the head of the FIFA/CAF liaison team, Dr. Kofi Amoah, Secretary General, Madam Fatma Samoura, and other representatives of the FIFA administration.

The parties at the meeting agreed to establish a joint task force to create proper disciplinary, governance and auditing mechanisms.

It will also ensure that persons who are found culpable in the corruption quagmire “are punished in accordance with Ghanaian domestic laws and FIFA statutes.

Also, FIFA upon consultation with the Ghana and the Confederation of Africa Football establish a normalization committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association established by the government.

Meanwhile both FIFA and government have pledged to work closely to eradicate corruption and malfeasance as well as its associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana.

“The Presidents of Ghana and FIFA have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa,” the meeting agreed.

The impasse follows the airing of an exposé by Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in June.

The investigative piece showed former GFA President and other officials of the GFA engaged in bribery and corruption.

Already, the exposé has seen the resignation of the then GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, and the dissolution of the GFA, which appears not to have gone down well with FIFA.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah||Ghana

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