Ghanaian government announces interim committee to manage football after FA corruption scandal

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A five-member team has been set up to steer the affairs of the game in the wake of the FA's recent corruption accusations

The Government of Ghana has announced an Interim Management Committee to "oversee the administration of football and other related matters" in the country.

The development comes a day after government successfully sought a court application to place a 10-day injunction on all activities of the Ghana Football Association, which is currently caught up in a mess after a recent investigative documentary exposed corrupt and match-fixing activities of top officials. 

The five-man committee will be chaired by renowned businessman Kofi Amoah, who was the chairman of Ghana's Local Organizing Committee for hosting of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. 

Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association (Ghalca), Cudjoe Fianoo, was also named on the committee as secretary.

Three-time African Footballer of the Year, Abedi Ayew 'Pele', is the third member, while 1965 Africa Cup of Nations winner Osei Kofi - now a reverend minister - sits as the fourth man. 

Eva Okyere, a former broadcaster and a current lawyer, is the fifth member, with Dan Kweku Yeboah named as spokesperson of the group. 

According to a statement signed by minister of information Mustapha Hamid, government will "engage with Fifa and Caf" to "discuss current developments in Ghanaian football administration and to chart the way forward".

The statement also called for Ghanaians to exercise restraint as it "takes steps to sanitize the situation and restore normalcy to football in Ghana".

The recent investigative exposé has caused a massive shake-up in the administration of football in the country. 

GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, who heavily featured in the documentary, has since resigned from post, having also coped a 90-day provisional Fifa ban from all football activities.

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On Tuesday, the Ghanaian government took its plans to "dissolve" the GFA to the next level when it secured an "order restraining the members, directors and officials of the GFA from exercising such powers as are ordinarily conferred on them by provisions of the Companies Act (Act 179), the GFA statutes and other relevant instruments, particularly relating to the organization of football matches and appointment of executives and other officials."

The statement also stated that it is the "intention" of government to "seek a permanent injunction" after the initial 10-day restraining order. 

 

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