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Ghana Normalisation Committee shoots back at critics

21:42 GMT+3 17/04/2019
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Nortey explains football administration to those who are bashing her organisation

For the first time, the Normalisation Committee, which currently runs football activities in Ghana following the suspension of the football association, has responded to pundits who claim the four-member team lacks the knowledge and experience to manage the sport.

There have been growing calls for the interim body to wrap up its mission and hand over to ‘people who know the game’.

The general secretary of Ghana Coaches Association, John Quayson, said a few days ago that the country’s football had turned from worse to worst and that life was better under Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former Ghana FA president, who resigned last year following corruption scandals in the wake of an investigative documentary produced by Anas Anas.

However, Naa Odofoley Nortey, who handles the legal arm of the Normalisation Committee, says her team is focused and not distracted by criticisms.

''I don't listen to them at all. I don't take their criticisms into consideration. Football is not about football people. If football was about football people alone, I wouldn't have been appointed to help,' Odofoley told Metro FM.

''Those who appointed us really understand what football is. Football is about rules and regulations, about finances, about sponsorship. It's about good corporate governance, and that's what Fifa stands for.

''Fifa will bring in people with the legal knowledge and who understand corporate governance to come and fix problems in the game.

''Does Fifa general secretary Fatma Samoura play football? We are all fans of the game. The problem is with the system not the game in particular and that's what we have come to fix it,” she said.

The NC currently oversees the ongoing Special Competition, which is a novelty tournament launched last month to keep clubs busy ahead of the return of Ghana Premier League.

NB: Ghana have been drawn in Group F of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations alongside Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau.