General News of Mon, 11 Jun 201825

'Honest man' Eyiah heads committee to restructure GFA

The Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association has appointed Kweku Eyiah as the head of a five-man committee to restructure the activities of the association following a damning expose on corruption into Ghana football by Tiger Eye PI.

It will be recalled that, Eyiah (a lawyer) was one of the two GFA Executive Committee members to reject a bribe from undercover reporters when he was approached to use his influence as U-17 Management Committee Chairman to hand a player a call-up.

Eyiah led the team to the 2017 FIFA World Cup in India where they suffered a quarter-final heartbreak as they were beaten 2-1 by African champions Mali.

Members of the Eyiah-led committee also include Benjamin Nab Eyison, Kurt Okraku (Spokesperson), Isaac Addo and Samuel Opoku Nti and they have been tasked to meet Government for a resolution of the current impasse as well as draw up a program for lasting reforms.

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According to a statement signed by the GFA General Secretary, Isaac Addo, all Officials of the GFA, shown to have allegedly committed various acts of misconduct, in the Tiger Eye PI documentary titled Number 12 have been directed to step aside from their positions and steer away from all football-related activities with immediate effect.

The statement added that the conduct of the said Officials has been referred to the GFA Ethics Committee chaired by COP Kofi Boakye to go through the Judicial Process.

It also assured the assure the general public that the GFA shall take all legitimate steps to restore confidence and trust in its activities, offering "its sincerest and unconditional apologies to the entire nation and all our stakeholders".

Read the entire statement below;

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PRESS RELEASE

The Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) met on June 8, 2018 and decided as follows:

1. All Officials of the GFA, shown to have allegedly committed various acts of misconduct, in the Tiger Eye PI documentary titled Number 12 shall step aside from their positions and steer away from all football related activities with immediate effect.

2. The conduct of the said Officials has been referred to the GFA Ethics Committee chaired by COP Kofi Boakye to go through the Judicial Process.

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3. The GFA shall not interfere in the works of the Ethics Committee and shall embrace any decision that the Ethics Committee may come out with.

4. That the Referees Committee has been dissolved.

5. That all the competitions of the GFA have temporary been put on hold.

6. That a five member team comprising of Messrs Kweku Eyiah (Leader), Benjamin Nab Eyison, Kurt Okraku (Spokesperson), Isaac Addo and Samuel Opoku Nti has been tasked to meet Government for a resolution of the current impasse as well as draw up a program for lasting reforms.

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7. The GFA shall soon come out with a road map for the elections of a substantive President in accordance with its Statutes.

8. That the GFA wishes to assure the general public that it shall take all legitimate steps to restore confidence and trust in the beautiful game. In this respect as a first step, the GFA wishes to offer its sincerest and unconditional apologies to the entire nation and all our stake holders.

SIGNED ISAAC ADDO

GENERAL SECRETARY

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