GFA dares Commission

TheGfbss Ghana Football Association says it will not return the remaining amount of the 2014 World Cup prize-money as demanded by the Presidential Commission insisting he goes contrary to an agreement with government before the tournament in Brazil.

The GFA in a letter to the Sports Ministry claims the Commission has no powers to make such demands which goes contrary to the cabinet decision.

The GFA refunded a loan of just over $4m to government through the Sports Ministry early last month after receiving its share of the FIFA prize money from the 2014 World Cup in line with the agreement reached with government before the tournament.

However, the World Cup Commission issued a directive to the GFA through the Sports Ministry demanding that the entire amount of $7 million be paid to government instead of $4 million.

“The Commission has no power to abrogate or revise and especially that government itself, has not communicated to the football association its decision to rescile from its agreement with the football on any grounds upon which a contracting party may legitimately and validly exercise its right of rescission from the contract,” the GFA letter to the Sports Ministry read.

The letter again stated that the Commission can only play an advisory role and cannot arrogate onto itself powers to “make orders on already existing financial agreements government has reached with the football association.”

The GFA insists that the Commission has no powers to alter a cabinet decision it has the powers of a High Court and the FA says those powers are limited to “enforcing attendance of witness before it or compelling the production of documents to it and issuing Commissions or requesting the examination of witnesses abroad.”

“The specific powers of the Commission, constitutionally provided for cannot metamorphose or be amplified as and when expedient for which reason the Commission completely lacks power and authority to make any enforceable orders final or interlocutory, even if such matters were within its terms of reference,” the letter read.

The Ghanaian federation are desperate to retain parts of its earnings from the 2014 World Cup to undertake development projects.

They received nothing from its earnings from the last World Cup staged in South Africa as government took over the entire $11m realized from that tournament.

This situation was however different from Ghana’s debut appearance at the World Cup in 2006 in Germany – where the earning from the World Cup was split with the state and the GFA taking almost a similar share.

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