A group calling itself Ghanaians Responsible Football Governance has petitioned the world football governing body, FIFA investigate possible breach of FIFA Code of Ethics by some members of Ghana’s football association seeking to lead the West African nation’s football.
According to a petition sent to FIFA and the Ghana FA Normalisation Committee President and owner of Tema Youth Football Club Wilfred Osei Kwaku and Chairman of Dreams FC Kurt Okraku have violated FIFA’s Article 17 and seeking the FIFA Ethics Committee appropriately sanction the two officials.
Wilfried Osei Kweku, known in Ghanaian football circles as Palmer, made donations worth thousands of dollars to both Asante Kotoko and AshantiGold in the build up to their controversial 1-1 drawn game in the JAK Cup on Sunday and crowned it at the Fundraising Dinner Dance with a pledge to donate GHS20,000 ($4,098.36) to support the efforts of the foundation.
While the Tema Youth President and Sporting Director was busily stealing the show at the event in what was a flex of his financial muscles his competitor Kurt Okraku was also not out of the scene. Okraku, who is the boss at Ghana Premier League side Dreams FC and member of the Ghana Football Association had earlier announced in a statement that he had purchased 3000 tickets which was estimated to be worth GHS30,000 an equivalent of $6,147.54 to also support the foundation. In what has been described as glory-seeking move, Okraku posted on Facebook that he felt proud that he was able to support the foundation with his contribution.
The JAK Cup donations and pledges are just not it. Last October Osei Kwaku donated GHS10,000 ($2,049.18) to colts clubs in the Ashanti region in a gesture to which could be described as a move to win the support of football electorates in the region with many online portals reporting the story.
The Group’s petition reads:
On or about November 20, 2018, Wilfred Osei Kweku, President and Director of Tema Youth Sporting Club Limited, a professional football club affiliated with the Ghana Football Association, a member of FIFA; and an aspirant for the position of President of the Ghana Football Association, gave a gift of One
hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis to a third party.
Similarly, on or about January 5, 2019, Wilfred Osei Kweku, President and Director of Tema Youth Sporting Club Limited, a professional football club affiliated with the Ghana Football Association, a member of FIFA; and an aspirant for the position of President of the Ghana Football Association, gave
a gift of twenty thousand Ghana Cedis to a third party.
The group quoted relevant FIFA Rules that they believe the two individuals have breached.
“any board member (including the members of the Council), committee member, referee, assistant referee, coach, trainer or any other person responsible for technical, medical or administrative matters in FIFA, a confederation, a member association, a league or a club as well as all other persons obliged to comply with the FIFA Statutes (except players and intermediaries).”
As a result, the requirements of Article 17 apply to you wherein it states;
“Persons bound by this Code who become aware of any infringements of this Code shall inform, in writing, the secretariat and/or chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee directly.”
In addition, you are respectfully reminded that Article 17 of the FCE provides;
“Failure to report such infringements shall be sanctioned with an appropriate fine of at least CHF 10,000 as well as a ban on taking part in any football-related activity for a maximum of two years.”
Though the two individuals are have not openly declared their intentions to run for the GFA Presidential seat widespread media reports have revealed their interests to contest for the top job.
By El Akyereko
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