General News of Mon, 27 Aug 20186

Government to file motion to discontinue GFA case today

Government is expected to file a motion today [Monday] at the Accra High Court to officially withdraw its liquidation petition against the Ghana Football Association.

This is in fulfilment of an agreement signed with FIFA on August 16, 2018.

Per the agreement, FIFA in consultation with government and CAF will establish a Normalization Committee to replace the current executive committee of the Ghana Football Association.

Their mandate will be to work out a timetable and a roadmap to get new executives elected to form a new Executive Committee of the FA.

The government initiated processes to dissolve the GFA in June after investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas uncovered widespread rot in all facets of Ghana football.

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The government and FIFA have also established a joint task force to oversee auditing mechanism and ensure persons found culpable in the corruption scandal are punished.

“Satisfied with the above measures, the GoG shall take steps to discontinue the process for winding up of the Ghana Football Association,” a release from FIFA stated.

The meeting was called after FIFA threatened to ban Ghana over the lawsuit against the GFA.

FIFA held that the government was interfering with the GFA.

But the government argued that GFA was perpetrating illegalities.

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Background

On June 7, investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, aired a documentary “Number 12” on corruption in football in Ghana, and some leading figures including FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, were seen allegedly taking part in some corrupt acts.

As a response, the Ghana government asked for the arrest of Kwesi Nyantakyi on the charge of defrauding by false pretense based on utterances he made on the tape.

Kwesi Nyantakyi then resigned from his position as Ghana FA boss and also from CAF.

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FIFA also provisionally suspended Nyantakyi for 90 days as a result of the tape.

The Ghana government went ahead to secure a court injunction on the Ghana FA as the first step of a process that was to lead to the eventual liquidation of the Ghana FA under the Companies Act since the FA was registered as such.

As all of that happened, a freeze was put on Ghana football and that has not changed until present.

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