Sports News of Thu, 7 Jun 20184

FIFA will understand government’s decision to dissolve the GFA - Sports Minister

Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Asiamah says he is confident world football governing body FIFA will understand government’s decision to dissolve the Ghana Football Association.

Government took the decision to dissolve the Football Association on Thursday, after revelations from Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest investigative piece dubbed Number 12, implicated several top ranking officials at the FA including President Kwesi Nyantakyi, as well as referees and match officials.

The move by government is sure to incur stringent penalties from FIFA, with a possible ban on the cards, as the world football governing body frowns on political influence in football.

However, Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah says the decision to dissolve the GFA was done in the best interest of the future of the sport in the country, and is confident FIFA will understand the move by government.

“We are interfering to save the face of football. The decision had to be made in our quest to win back the trust of the people.

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“Football is about the people and FIFA shares these sentiments.

“We will sit down with FIFA to explain the motive behind the decision and we are confident they will understand this move,” he said.

“We cannot continue with any football related activity as it stands. We may not even host the African Women’s Championships, but it’s all in the interest of Ghana Football,” he added.

Nigeria, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Sudan have in recent times incurred bans from FIFA as a result of governmental interference.

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