FIFA/CAF appoint Dr Amoah, Akenten as liaison officers

Dr Kofi Amoah

Dr Kofi Amoah

Government, in consultation with the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) has formed a two-man Liaison Committee to handle football matters in the country.

The committee is composed of Dr Kofi Amoah (head) and FA Technical Director, Francis Oti Akenteng.

They will remain in office until a decision is reached on the FIFA/CAF ongoing review process related to the FA situation.

The development is the latest in the fallout of government’s decision to dissolve the FA over mass corrupt practices unravelled by a documentary dubbed ‘Number 12’ and conducted by Ghanaian journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

It followed a meeting of a Ghanaian delegation led by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah with members of FIFA in Zurich over the weekend.

Among the Ghanaian team were Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister of Justice, Godfred Dame, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Samuel A. Jinapor and Member of Parliament for Agona West Constituency, Cynthia Mamle Morrison.

A statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) explained that the meeting was meant to have further deliberations on the adoption of interim measures for the administration of football in Ghana.

According to the statement, the Government of Ghana (GoG) and FIFA will collaborate to restore normalcy and integrity to the administration of football in the country.

That was corroborated in a FIFA statement signed by its Secretary General, Fatma Samoura which indicated that FIFA and CAF are closely monitoring and assessing relevant development in relation to the current situation of the FA.

“FIFA understands that various court proceedings have begun in Ghana aiming to investigate the circumstances reported in relation to the GFA and various GFA officials.”

“In light of this, with the primary objectives of both ensuring the continuous running of football and preventing any jeopardising of FIFA/CAF’s ongoing review process of the situation of the GFA, please take note that as coordinated and agreed with CAF, a two-person team has been appointed to ensure liaison with FIFA and CAF on international competitions.

This clears doubts over Ghana’s participation in a number of activities including the female national U-20 team, the Black Princesses’ involvement in the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in France.

BY ANDREW NORTEY

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