General News of Thu, 7 Jun 20184
'We have let Ghanaians down' - GHALCA boss Kudjoe Fianoo
Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association of Ghana (GHALCA), Kudjoe Fianoo, has admitted that the football fraternity in the country had been a great disappointment to the fans of the local game after several revelations in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas expose on corruption in the domain.
The expose, which was premiered at the Accra International Conference Centre on Wednesday, shed light on how match officials such as referees and match commissioners and officials of the National Sports Authority and the Ghana Football Association were involved in alleged acts of corruption.
Speaking on Citi TV’s The Point of View programme on Wednesday after the premiere, Fianoo expressed his sadness at the development and said that football fans had been handed the short end of the stick in terms of value-for-money.
“We must be the first to admit that we have let Ghanaians down. It’s sad that someone will struggle to get money to go and watch a match, only for an individual to decide the results.
This is a very bad day for Ghana football. It’s very shameful. What I watched was disgusting.”
Several reactions have followed the public viewing of the expose but the main theme of most thoughts have bordered on reforms and cleaning the football association.
Fianoo agrees with that line of action and has charged club owners and officials to be at the forefront of the rebirth of the Ghana Football Association.
“GHALCA has the capacity to salvage what’s left of football in Ghana. The investors must find the time to come together to do this.
It took the junior officers of the military to do house cleaning on June 4, 1979. It’s now time for us to make sure that the corrupt people get out of the football industry.”
GFA officials such as its president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, Greater Accra Regional FA boss, Eddie Doku, Eastern Regional FA boss, A. A. Lawal and referees like Samuel Sukah and Reginald Lathbridge were seen in the expose using their positions to engage in alleged acts of corruption.