Kwesi Nyantakyi’s media apparatchiks calling for accountability and transparency from the Ghana FA Normalisation Committee are now yearning to dwell in an Utopian democratic dispensation which they unapologetically don’t deserve a feel of.
In thirteen (13) years of football administration in Ghana under the erstwhile administration, all organs of free flow of information which could have opened the valves of accountability were shut as club and national team contracts were shrouded in secrecy from stakeholders and the football masses alike.
The Normalisation Committee, a four-member FIFA-empowered team, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, published details of Ghana’s Black Stars B international friendly game with Namibia last week, allowing the football population with their first breath of freedom, critique and openness.
Prior to this landmark step, the Ghanaian airwaves and other media spaces were filled with cacophonies from alien eunuchs from Kwesi Nyantakyi’s era who could only act like zombies in his courts of political power-ball, preaching best practices in democracies.
The claim, that some members of the FIFA-installed committee amplified the calls for the collapse of the corrupt, old, substandard administration and therefore the bar must be raised across board and standards set on astronomical high.
And, there is also the gang who are intentionally using their outlets to attempt to hustle controversy for financial gains by piling pressure on the Normalisation Committee with diabolic intentions. All these elements belong to the dishonest band who selfishly distort the serenity of the works of the committee.
In every proper structural democratic governance, there is transparency and accountability which is one of the key tenets. But, within it is a principle. A principle of responsibility. There is that key responsibility on all of us to act as watchdogs to the system and ask for accountability in the design of checks and balances.
What happened to this responsibility on the part of those alien eunuchs who were playing defense when the true believers in the watchdog principle were at work? Surely, whosoever calls for equity must come with a clean hand. Did they leave any traces of their previous calls on the system for transparency and accountability. Were they merely silent or their hunger to bark and howl at the system for accountability was quenched with a feed of their master’s corrupt leftovers?
Scandals after scandals. There was the infamous GLO-Midsea deal, the missing $1.5 million out-of-court settlement dirty deal, the StarTimes deal, the intentions to take cuts from the GNPC Black Stars contract, etc. Just as they were brought up to be – eunuchs, they could only play defense of the corrupt system.
What remains clear is that Nyantakyi still has interest in Ghana football and could operate the Presidency with an invisible hands should a particular candidate wielding his support ascend the throne. Similar voices shouting at the Normalisation Committee and questioning their mandate and silently running on Nyantakyi’s legacy and canvasing for votes.
But, the Normalisation Committee has taken a step which will perpetually bind whoever ascends the Ghana Football Association Presidency for life. The step is a bold one and a victory for those who genuinely called for accountability and transparency from the Nyantakyi led administration.
The Normalisation Committee has scored high marks with its FIFA-given mandate on introducing reforms by engaging in broader consultation with all stakeholders of the the local game. One of the trademark of Dr Kofi Amoah’s team is engagement and consultation and opposing minds are either diabolic, misinformed or ignorant. The world football governing body also tasked it to ensure the day-to-day running of football in the country. Kotoko will play in the CAF Confederation Cup later this month, the Black Maidens were in Uruguay while the Black Stars, the U20 and Black Queens have all played games during the period of normalization.
By El Akyereko
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