Consider persons of flawless integrity, supreme competence …In Govt, FIFA Normalisation C’ttee

A former star player of Liberty Professionals and RTU has urged the authorities to pick up the pace with regard to naming of members of the Normalisation Committee of Ghana football.

The ex-attacking midfielder, Louis Walters, said the processes to begin the restructuring of Ghana football must not be delayed further “since hundreds of players are bread winners of their families.”

“I have a good number of players calling me almost on daily basis for some financial support because football is at a standstill in Ghana.

“It’s a disconcerting situation and I can only appeal to the relevant authorities to expedite work on the Normalisation Committee for the return of competitive football,” the USA-based Walters told the Times Sports yesterday.

The Normalisation Committee members, which were expected to be named last week Friday, would be tasked with running the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) daily affairs and cooperate with the special task force  – once it has been set up by FIFA, CAF and the Government of Ghana.

It is also to review the GFA statutes to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and CAF, particularly Article 15 of the FIFA Statutes, and once the GFA statutes meet the requirements of FIFA and CAF – as well as organising and conducting elections of a GFA Executive Committee on the basis of the revised GFA statutes, among others.

The formation of the Normalisation Committee was at the behest of FIFA, following government’s decision not to proceed with its plans of liquidating the GFA.

FIFA had threatened to ban Ghana from all football-related activities for “undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of Article 19 of its rules and regulations” and want the government to end it.

Earlier, government had halted all football activities after the June 7 Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ exposé on the deep corruption in Ghana football. The documentary spotted hundreds of match officials and some key FA members misconducting themselves in an attempt to bring the game into disrepute.

Walters, therefore, appealed to FIFA and the government to appoint persons of “unblemished integrity and supreme competence and those with unalloyed love for the game” onto the Normalisation Committee to steer Ghana football to the apex.

Known for his electric pace, adroit dribbling skill and goal-scoring acumen, Walters shot into instant fame when he grabbed all goals for Afienya United in their 2-0 league victory against Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Tema Sports Stadium in 2007.

He also played prominently for RTU before joining Liberty Professionals where he scored a handful of goals.

BY JOHN VIGAH

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