I have followed with keen interest commentaries on Ghana football post Anas. Whilst most football commentators and journalists who have been rendered redundant by inactivity on the local football scene have seen the wisdom in supporting government to reform our football, some football administrators who stand to be the biggest beneficiaries when the system is sanitized have been making mind boggling arguments. some of which are as follows:
- We need to restart our league as early as possible. We are incurring debt paying our players for no work done
- The GFA is a private entity and government cannot dissolve it.
The worse of these comments have come from the ‘self professed NDC football administrators’ as follows:
Yaw Boateng Gyan: If the NPP government maneuvers and gets his people unto the GFA, I will disband my team Bofoakwa and make sure all those NPP football appointees are sacked when NDC assumes power.
Albert Commey: The NPP government is more corrupt than football people and has no moral right to dissolve the GFA. Where did they get the monies they flaunted at the delegate conference from?
Kojo Yankah(Western Regional Football Association Chairman) Government is taking steps to dissolve the GFA because all of us Executive Committee members of the FA are NDC sympathisers.
Unfortunately, the few NPP football administrators including Hon Wilson Arthur – DCE Wassa East, have always argued to suggest they are in support of the skewed argument being advanced by ‘football people’ instead of liaising with the sector minister to bring the needed reforms to our football.
Facts: The GFA has been organising the National Division one league made up of 48 teams as well as the 16-team premiership for years without a sponsor to the extent that after paying affiliation fee to the FA, participating clubs have to cough officiating fees or forfeit points. Club officials paid corrupt referees, and players and transported same players to match venues every weekend, incurred huge debts without a sponsor and yet they saw nothing wrong with it. Ironically, these same football people see everything wrong with exercising restraint to sanitize the system to attract sponsorship and improve attendance at the various stadia across the country. Aren’t we ashamed that thirteen years ago, Ghana’s league was ranked 2nd in Africa but it has deteriorated to 15th position now?
How do these football people feel when they see Ghanaian players traveling at every opportunity to play in Uganda, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan etc?
MY take on the ailing legal arguments against GFA dissolution.
1 The GFA Statute recognises that Schools and colleges and the Security Services vote during Congress(The highest decision making body of the GFA) Are the above named agencies not government agencies? How entirely private then could the GFA be?
- Before the GFA was incorporated as a Limited Liability company, the Sports Bill that sought to grant autonomy to various Sporting federations had not been passed thus all sporting federations were under the NSA as stipulated by SMC decree 54,so the question is, which legal entity was the GFA at the time of incorporation?
3.Private Enterprises the world over, have State Organs to regulate their activities. Even in America the Nevada Athletics Commission is responsible for regulating activities of private sporting federations.
Government has shown good faith by collaborating with FIFA to put in place the Liaison team. Normalization committee is likely to be the next phase. Hon Wilson Arthur and other right thinking members of society have to engage and support the Sports Ministry to bring proper reforms into our football. No need to rush back into a messy league. Ghanaians will never forgive the NPP government if it does not grab this golden opportunity to reform Ghana football once and for all.
By Frank Darkwah