Government will be forced to back down on Ghana FA liquidation plans - Arhin

Tolu Olasoji
The renowned football administrator speaks about the possible effect of Fifa's ultimatum to Ghana

Techiman Eleven Wonders chief executive officer Takyi Arhin believes the Ghanaian government will reconsider its decision to liquidate the football association following Fifa's threat to ban the country from its activities for "undue influence".

After an investigative documentary exposed corrupt and match-fixing activities of top officials and referees of the FA in June, government has taken an unbending stance to overhaul the unit, with the Attorney General seeking orders from an Accra High Court to start the liquidation process. 

A Fifa letter to the head of an interim Liaison Team for Ghana football on Monday, however, has commanded that the petition to liquidate the FA be withdrawn by August 27 as failure will see the country cope a ban from all activities of the world football governing body. 

The Ghana League Clubs Association (Ghalca) has been a long-standing opposition to government's liquidation plans.

"I've said it before that Fifa were waiting for the Women's [U-20] World Cup to come to a close before tackling this disturbing issue, so I'm not surprised by the letter," Arhin told Happy FM.

"If the government had listened to our [Ghalca] advise, we wouldn’t have arrived at this situation. 

"We were all in support of the reforms but it has taken too long without any clear plan. 

"We have no idea about what they're doing, so I'll say maybe this helps us conclude this chapter.

"I think government will withdraw the case because we have no other option."

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Government is yet to make any official communication after the latest ultimatum. 

All local football activities and competitions have been put at a halt since the exposé on June 6.