General News of Fri, 8 Jun 201819
Anas video: GFA has a stronger case than government – Ayine
Former Deputy Attorney General Dominic Ayine has expressed concerns over the approach by government to dissolve the Ghana Football Association in the wake of the scandal that has rocked the association.
In the view of the Bolgatanga East MP, the law does not grant the president the powers to move for the dissolution of the football association.
A government statement Thursday announced that steps are being taken to strike out the current FA after investigations by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealed in a secret filming many key football officials accepting bribe to compromise their judgment on games in their care.
“Having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, top NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, Government has decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved,” the statement said.
Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Friday, Dr. Ayine said the FA stands a better chance of winning a case against the government in court if they choose to fight the matter.
“The President can dissolve the GFA but it must be done legally right. Government is riding on the wave of public anger and I wonder if that will yield any results.
The GFA will fight back if things are not done legally right. The GFA has a stronger case than the government because the government cannot just dissolve the Association. Ghana cannot set up the GFA and run it. When the association is dissolved, it will cost the government as the association may fight back,” he said.
But reacting to the concerns, a deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said the government has explored the various options available to it in the matter and opted for the best approach.
“Government has taken a decision to dissolve the GFA. The decision has been taken and we are yet to execute. The law states that when a company exists and a number of infractions occur, the company can be dissolved. As the decision has been taken, it is important to inform the nation and that is why the information is out there. The Sports Ministry has been charged to engage FIFA and CAF,” Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah told Morning Starr.
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