Prez. Nana Addo backs Normalization Committee to restore football to normalcy

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has backed the Ghana Football Association Normalization Committee to restructure football in the country.

In June this year, ace investigative journalist Anas Armeyaw Anas uncovered the rot in Ghana football which led to the truncation of football in the country.

Some officials of the Ghana FA and referees were captured on camera taking bribes to influence matches.

Following the premiering of the video, the government immediately shut down the Ghana Football Association and declared the secretariat a crime scene.

Later, moves to liquidate the GFA was halted and FIFA set up a Normalisation Committee to bring football back.

However, the president has expressed his belief that things will change for the better.

“What I’m hoping for out of what has happened is that, through this Normalisation Committee… the process is there for them to make a new constitution and put in a structure that, hopefully, will prevent the kind of things that we have seen in the past,” he said at Wednesday’s Meet the Press.

“That is my hope and I think it should be the hope of all us. I’m hoping, that the people who have been put on that Normalisation Committee, certainly from what I know of all them; these are very upright, straightforward, intelligent, capable Ghanaians.

“I think that they are going to lead the process of a more sane football administration, making rules that will be more transparent in the way things are done.”

He called for a good mix of all interest groups in football administration in Ghana.

“The interests of we – the spectators and audience, the interest of those who put money in football, the interest of the administrators, the interest of the players, the clubs…It’s a whole bundle of things.

“We have to be able to find a way of linking them together.”

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