Sports News of Thu, 30 Aug 20183
FIFA announces mandate and timeline of Ghana Football Normalization Committee
World football's governing body Fifa has shed light on an imminent Ghana Football Normalisation Committee, which is set to take over the administration of the sport in the country.
The establishment of the unit is in line with Fifa's joint measures with the Ghanaian government to restore normalcy to the sport, which has been put at a standstill after an investigative documentary exposed corrupt and match-fixing activities of top officials and referees of the football association on June 6.
The committee is set to take effect after government adhered to a Fifa ultimatum to withdraw a court petition to liquidate the FA in the wake of the scandal.
"The suspension of the GFA will consequently not take effect.
"The normalisation committee’s mandate will include the following tasks:
- To run the GFA’s daily affairs and cooperate with the special task force once it has been set up by FIFA, CAF and the Government of Ghana;
- To review the GFA statutes to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and CAF, particularly art. 15 of the FIFA Statutes, and;
- Once the GFA statutes meet the requirements of FIFA and CAF, to organise and conduct elections of a GFA executive committee on the basis of the revised GFA statutes.
"The normalisation committee shall be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA/CAF mission to be deployed to Ghana as soon as possible. All members of the normalisation committee must pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA Review Committee.
"The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections.
"The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee shall perform its functions shall expire when all of the above-mentioned tasks have been properly fulfilled, but by no later than 31 March 2019."
GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned in the aftermath of the exposé, while the premises of the body was declared a crime scene by local police.
An interim Fifa/Caf Liaison Team has been managing football affairs in the country awaiting the Normalization Committee.