Sports News of Mon, 20 Aug 20187

Football wins as clubs hail government, FIFA deal

Football clubs in the country say the game has become the winner again with Government of Ghana (GoG) and world football governing body, FIFA, agreeing to a deal to bring football back to life after almost two months of uncertainty.

Last Thursday, the two parties met in Zurich to find the way forward after FIFA threatened to ban Ghana if a case in court for the dissolution of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) was not withdrawn by August 26.

The government in reaction sought audience and it successfully argued its case and got FIFA to agree to have some reforms in Ghana with the formation of a Normalisation Committee (NC), an agreement the clubs have hailed as ‘the best’ way forward.

Premier League clubs and their welfare body, the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) have all welcomed the latest development, describing it as ‘win for football.’

Ghana football was thrown into a state of uncertainty on June 6 in the aftermath of the Anas Amereyaw expose culminating in a legal tussle between the government and the unaffected members of the GFA since June 12.

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The agreed roadmap will see the withdrawal of the court process, while a normalisation committee is set up to supervise football in the interim while the reforms are also carried through.

Alhaji Braimah Akambi, a board member of Accra Hearts of Oak, told Graphic Sports Online that government should have taken the step long ago instead of waiting for FIFA to threaten the country with a ban from all world football activities.

“We welcome it because that is the only way to put things in order. That is what government should have done long ago instead of waiting for FIFA to threaten Ghana with a ban. So at Hearts of Oak we support the normalisation move,” he said.

“We welcome the normalisation committee because there has been uncertainty surrounding Ghana football but this initiative will lead to the resolution of the issues so we welcome it," Mr Akambi added.

"Once FIFA deems it necessary to form a normalisation committee we believe the situation we find ourselves will change knowing very well what the normalisation process is,” said Ameenu Shardow, Administrative Manager of Dreams FC.

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"For his part, CEO of Ashantigold Sporting Club, Fred Acheampong said: “If that is what will bring our football back then we are for it. At least our players will be active again and many employers will get their jobs back. Also, it will help prepare players for the various national teams because without the local league how can we get players for the teams.”

The Communications Director of Medeama SC, Patrick Akoto lauded the initiative and said it was gratifying to know that football would return again but hoped that men of integrity would be selected as indicated by FIFA.

"At Medeama we are delighted with how things have turned out now. That football will return in the shortest possible time is a great initiative.”

The government of Ghana has agreed to discontinue the ongoing legal process to liquidate the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following a meeting in Zurich last Wednesday between a government delegation and world football governing body, FIFA.

FIFA’s team was led by its Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura, while the Ghana delegation was led by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah.

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