Johnson urges Ghanaian government to speed up football reform

The ex-Hearts of Oak star wants the "sanitization" done promptly to enable footballers earn a living

Former Black Stars and Fenerbahce midfielder Sam Johnson has lauded the ongoing "clean-up" of Ghana Football but says the process must be fast-tracked. 

Football in the country is undergoing a supposed 'sanitization' following a recent corruption scandal involving top officials and referees of the Ghana Football Association. 

All official football games and competitions, including the local topflight, have since been indefinitely suspended. 

“The mess in Ghana football was supposed to have been cleaned up years ago. The cleaning of the local game is good but it has to be quick," Johnson, who played for Hearts of Oak during his playing days on the local scene, told Ghana Web.

"This should be the case so that the many footballers who have taken football up as a career will not go hungry. How much do these guys even earn when there is football?

"We are talking about GH¢ 400 (€ 72) or GH¢ 500 (€ 90) and that is not enough. Imagine their situation now that there is no football.

"I am happy that reforms are being thought of but things have to be quick. If someone does the wrong thing, he must be made to face the law.”

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The GFA is currently under a court injunction sought by the Ghanaian government, who has insisted on overhauling the body. 

With a Normalization Committee expected to be announced in the coming days, Fifa/Caf has set up a two-man liaison team to run football in the interim. 


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