Following the premiering of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ video dubbed “Number 12” which uncovered rot in Ghana football, there have not been any football activities for the past 90 days.
Anas’ documentary captured top FA officials and referees taking bribes to influence the outcome of football matches.
The video also showed how the then Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi extorted money from potential investors by using the name of President Akufo-Addo.
Thus football activities have been halted in the country and Government of Ghana is taking steps to dissolve the FA by going to court. FIFA has issued an ultimatum to the Government to withdraw the case or Ghana will be handed a ban.
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With FIFA’s ban looming, YEN.com.gh explores three reasons why an emergency meeting between Government and FIFA could save drowning of football in the country:
1. National teams participation in tournaments
When FIFA ban Ghana, the effect is that, the national teams can’t partake in any major tournaments sanctioned by FIFA or the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The ban will mean that Ghana will lose the right to host the African Women Championship slated for November this year.
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It will also means that, the national U-20 team will not partake in next year’s U-20 Africa Championship in Niger.
Football also plays a part in the country’s economy. When football activities is ongoing the players that play for their respective clubs get paid every month.
Should FIFA’s ban hit Ghana, over 6000 footballers would be rendered jobless.
3. Football clubs will suffer
Over 120 football clubs in Ghana will definitely feel the heat if FIFA suspends Ghana. The major source of income for clubs in Ghana is player sales and gate proceeds.
Should FIFA announce their ban on Ghana, it means that no league would be played in the country, no gate proceeds and clubs will find it difficult to transfer their players outside the shores of country.
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