- The Presidents of Ghana and FIFA have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa
-The GoG and FIFA after the meeting also agreed to work closely to eradicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana
The Government of Ghana meeting with the world football body, FIFA on Thursday has concluded that “the GoG shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association”.
The press release also opined that the two parties have agreed to set up a normalisation committee to run football in Ghana until the crisis are fully resolved.
FIFA also agreed with the GoG to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association.
Football activities in Ghana have been brought to a standstill due to an indefinite suspension on all matches after a recent investigative documentary exposed corrupt and match-fixing activities of top officials and referees.
The deadlock necessitated the meeting between government and FIFA officials on Thursday.
YEN earlier reported that FIFA has cautioned government to immediately halt its move to liquidate the Ghana Football Association (GFA) or be banned.
The warning comes after government sought a court action to dissolve the GFA in the aftermath of the Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposé.
Below is the full statement
GHANA AND FIFA ACHIEVE BREAKTHROUGH IN FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION
On Thursday August 16, 2018, a delegation of the Government of Ghana (GoG) led by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah (MP), and comprising the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Samuel A. Jinapor, the Minister for Information designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (MP), the Deputy-Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, and the head of the FIFA/CAF liaison team, Dr. Kofi Amoah, met with a delegation of FIFA officials led by its President, Mr Gianni Infantino, and comprising the Secretary General, Madam Fatma Samoura, and other representatives of the FIFA administration.
The meeting resolved as follows:
1. The Presidents of Ghana and FIFA have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa;
2. That the GoG and FIFA shall work closely to eradicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana;
3. The GoG and FIFA shall establish a joint task force to create proper disciplinary, governance and auditing mechanisms as well as ensure that persons who are found culpable are punished in accordance with Ghanaian domestic laws and FIFA statutes;
4. FIFA upon consultation with the GoG and CAF shall establish a normalization committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association;
5. FIFA in consultation with the GoG and CAF shall appoint persons with integrity and competence to constitute the membership of the normalization committee;
6. Satisfied with the above measures, the GoG shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association.
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