Government interference is necessary – Kofi Amoah

IT is practically impossible for Government not to interfere in the administration of football in Ghana, Dr. Kofi Amoah, chairperson of the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has said.

Speaking at the Committee’s meeting with the media in Accra yesterday, Dr. Amoah said the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA)’s directive that government must not interfere with activities of football associations should be reconsidered.

But for government’s effort, he said Ghana would have been banned from participating in any competition when the GFA was dissolved, following the investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas which exposed rots at the FA.

“Ghana or African countries would have to stay away from FIFA if they remain uncompromising with the directive as it would not help with the administration of football on the continent,” he stayed.

Such restrictions, he said, would not help Ghana football as government played a major role in ensuring the survival of football in the country.

“President Nana Akufo Addo had to personally interact with Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA to ensure that the Normalization Committee was formed to help address the challenges in football,” he stated.

The Committee, he said, was working very hard to restore Ghana league to become stronger, entertaining, well-organised and profitable for all to be proud of.

“The issue of lack of funds by clubs to run football, selling of players outside for cash and the lack of attraction to our local league would be addressed before the league resumes,” he stressed.

He added that, referees must have the right remunerations in order not to be tempted to compromise themselves in line of their duties.

He called for the support of Ghanaians as they attempt to reform Ghana football to the desired level within the six months they are expected to serve on the Committee.

BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE

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