Stakeholders in Cerebral Palsy (CP) Football have petitioned the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), the National Sports Authority (NSA), the National Paralympic
Committee and other stakeholders in disability sports to support CP to immediately hold an Elective Congress.
The move was to give CP Football a new direction and to transform the sport and make Ghana a global force.
According to the stakeholders, an immediate elections would ensure that committed persons took over the mantle to change the fortunes of the players and the association.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Friday, the Convener and CP Football Coordinator in Ghana, Ms Ellen Affam-Dadzie said, since the formation of CP Football in Ghana over the past five years, the incumbent executive have failed in the development agenda of the sport.
“This has affected CP Football in Ghana. It has currently been dropped on the sports calendar of the NSA. Apart from an international friendly which was solely organized by the stakeholders, nothing has gone on again,” she stated.
She said it was in this light that stakeholders have called for a new direction for the sport.
The Convener explained that there was a need for elections since the term of the current executive who were elected in 2020 had expired according to their constitution.
“We are calling for immediate elective congress before the end of this month (December) since the executive have overstayed in office. We need a new team to legalise our activities,” she said.
She said the current misunderstandings between the executives was the reason for the recent cancelation of a Nigerian friendly.
She also called for the amendment of the Constitution to rectify areas including membership and tenure of officer for executives, among others.
According to the Convener, the current administration under the President, Madam Anne Doe has not paid attention to the athletes and the growth of the sport, adding that “we humbly ask them to step aside for more committed persons to take up the leadership roles for the development of CP Football in the country.
One of the CP footballers, Evans Someah said they were excited to be playing football and encouraged the executives and other stakeholders to make their development a priority.
The 26-year-old University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) graduate said they were determined to make Ghana proud on the global stage with CP Football.
BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE