Dissolution of GFA “cheap populism” – Jinapor

Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu says government is riding on public sentiments to liquefy the Ghana Football Association.
According to John Jinapor, the decision to secure injunction to prevent GFA officials from conducting any official duties could incur the wrath of the world governing football body, FIFA.

Sharing his thoughts on the controversy attracted by Tiger Eye PI’s investigations on the GFA on Joy News, Mr Jinapor insisted that government’s approach towards dissolving the GFA is wrong and incongruous to the laid down procedures of FIFA.

“How can government go to court on an ex-parte motion and after the reliefs are granted by the court, turn around to appoint a 5-member committee to run the same association. For me, the AG is just riding on public sentiments and that will come to nought.

“Similar incident happened in Nigeria and even though the Nigerian authorities secured a court order to make changes in the FA they were still banned by FIFA,” Mr Jinapor stressed.

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An Accra High Court on Tuesday placed an interim injunction on all activities of the GFA.

The order of the court, therefore, bars the GFA and its officials from carrying out all official duties.

This includes the organization of football matches, the selling of the association’s assets, the appointment and election of officials and other official duties.

In her argument before the court, the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, contended that the GFA was being used for illegal purposes.

The shake-up in Ghana football was sparked by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest exposé on corruption in football.

High-ranking members in the GFA, including its then-President Kwesi Nyantakyi, have been implicated in acts of corruption.

Kwesi Nyantakyi was seen allegedly receiving a bribe to illegally secure a $15 million sponsorship deal for Ghana’s local league, acting simultaneously as FA boss and the representative of a ‘ghost’ company that would serve as agent.

But, the NDC legislator argued that the 5-member committee would struggle to manage the affairs of the FA, stressing that, members of the association would be reluctant to deal with the committee.

He says what government ought to do under the circumstance is to allow the Ethics Committee of the GFA to investigate the claims and possibly organize an extraordinary congress to elect new executives to man the association.

“The total dissolution of the GFA is wrong and will not stand the test of time. FIFA has clear guide lines when issues of such nature come up. We are not living in an island so we can’t do things in isolation,” the MP added.

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