Anxiety has taken a stranglehold of Ghana football as administrator and the entire football population in the West African nation eagerly await the August 4, 2020 decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
The Court of Arbitration for Sports, otherwise referred to CAS, was originally expected to deliver its verdict on the matter on July 17, 2020 but in a letter released from the Lausanne-based outfit they postponed their date of announcement to the latest date.
Appellant Wilfried Osei Kwaku is praying the court to grant him 4 reliefs which includes clearing him of charges slapped on him by the Dr Kofi Amoah-led FIFA Normalisation Committee which supervised the October 25, 2019 elections which ultimately brought into office, Edwin-Simon Kurt Okraku, who is the current President of the Ghana Football Association.
Below are the 4 reliefs being sought by Osei Kwaku.
- A declaration that Respondent’s Elections Committee’s decision contained in its letter dated the 4th day of October 2019 is null, void and of no effect.
- A declaration that upon a true and proper construction of the eligibility criteria set forth in the Respondent’s letter of 4th October 2019 for disqualifying Claimant from contesting the presidency of the Respondent’s Executive Council are not justifiable.
- An order nullifying any election conducted by Respondent pending the final determination of the instant proceedings.
- An order directed at Respondent to conduct fresh elections, giving each candidate a fair chance of contesting same based on Respondent’s rules.
The Ghana Football Association’s legal team is led by former member of the FIFA Normalisation Committee, Naa Odofoley Nortey while Palmer is represented by renowned legal luminary Thaddeus Sory.
Lawyers of the Football Association in their defence argued that ‘Wilfred Osei Kwaku and Tema Youth are same because he has control over the Club as Executive Chairman.’
They added that he was disqualified because he is ‘guilty of conflict of interest as per art 19 of FIFA Code of Ethics’ because Tema Youth owed the GFA which he sought to head as President.
It also emerged that the Football Association’s legal representatives also challenged the jurisdiction of CAS to preside over the matter but CAS quashed their claims and went ahead to hear the matter.
Meanwhile the entire Ghanaian football population are in anxious mood as they await what the decision would mean to Ghana football. In an event CAS grants all the reliefs being sought by ‘Palmer’ it would mean that the Presidential elections will be re-run as the October 25, 2019 outcome will be declared null and void because of violated and flawed process.
However a victory for the Ghana Football Association will mean the appellant, Palmer, will be unable to contest any office in football in the country for an unforeseeable period of time.
The verdict will also strengthen or provoke key results in the Ghanaian football statutes.
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