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FIFA TO BAN GHANA FROM FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES BY AUGUST 27

Ghana is on the verge of been banned from the Federation of International Football Association(FIFA) if liquidation process of Ghana football Association is not halted.

The letter was signed by Madam Fatma Samoura the General Secretary to the Association and addressed to Mr. Kofi Amoah who currently heads the Liaison Committee set-up to oversee the reformation of football in Ghana.

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Contained in the letter is strict directive by FIFA to the government of Ghana asking for the withdrawal of the court case to liquidate the Ghana Football Association. The Government was given a deadline of August, 27 to withdraw the case from court or face a ban.

After a slow process of going through a constitutional procedure, the Attorney General’s office were granted an injunction against officials of the GFA, thereby paving the way for the Registrar General to be appointed the official liquidator of the local football governing body.

However, FIFA believes the process to liquidate the GFA is “undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of Article 19 of its rules and regulations” and want the government to end it.

If authorities fail to comply with this latest directive, Ghana would be handed a worldwide ban, meaning no club or national team can compete in international competitions.

 

Background

In June this year, a controversial video dubbed “number 12” was aired by the Tiger Eye group led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas. The football expose caught up many football related person taking bribes in various forms to influence the outcome of matches.

74 match officials were seen in the video taking bribes to influence league games played between 2016 and 2017. The then GFA president, Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi was also caught in dealings to take over the running of the country with investors from Qatar who were working for Tiger Eye. Mr. Nyantakyi supposedly took $65,000 as part of the deal to get the investors coming to work in Ghana. He was also seen in the video drawing strategies to divert 25% of the investment deal into his own non- existent financial institution.

The Government then asked the state Security to take over the offices of the GFA pending further investigations. A new team was set-up to oversee the running of football for the time been. the liquidation process was then initiated though no arrests were made with respect to the various corrupt activities seen in the video.

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