The Ghana Football Association Normalisation Committee has exercised its protean powers and cancelled the proposed Special Competition following deliberate moves from Premier League clubs to frustrate the work of the FIFA interim body.
A statement on the website of the Ghana FA has confirmed the cancellation and has issued an apology to Division One League clubs who fully cooperated with the committee on the organisation of the tournament.
FIFA, the world’s football governing body, mandated the four-member committee to among other tasks ensure the day-to-day running of the affairs of the football regulatory body of the West African powerhouse which includes the restoration of organised football.
Following the dissolution of the Ghana FA Executive Committee and banning of President of the GFA after a stinking corruption scandal, football activities grinded to a halt in the West African country.
Clubs and players appealed to the N.C to do something and start football playing again. The clubs said they were hemorrhaging with debt and their players were getting rusty.
The N.C heard their appeal and put together a tournament that was designed to make the game beautiful and encourage fans to go to venue centres and also watch on television.
But, the 16 top-flight clubs continuous frustrated the process of putting the tournament together with the latest concern being on the fixtures and venues for the games.
The Normalisation Committee intended to make: “arrangements to pay better fees to referees, budget for media hype to generate interest and a core of young volunteers to help generate interest in young people in football. Additionally, plans had been put in place to telecast the matches to bring football to the doorstep of the people. Unfortunately, because of the bad image no company was willing to align its brand with Ghana football hence no sponsorship was secured,” according to a statement issued on the GFA website.
Meanwhile the committee has pledged to introduce a new programme that will keep clubs in the second-tier engaged while they work within their mandate as given by FIFA.
“We sincerely apologize to the Division One league clubs who overwhelmingly subscribed to participate in the N.C Special competition. We will come up with a new programme to keep them engaged whilst we reform Ghana football. We want to assure the people of Ghana that Ghana football will be normalized, and will not allow the inherent greatness of our football to die on the alter of selfishness, greed and braggadocio,” the statement concluded.
By El Akyereko
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