Owner of Division One League (DOL) side Techiman City FC, Charles Kwadwo Ntim, has called on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to immediately hold an extra ordinary congress so they can clean the statutes governing football in the country – before the game is brought back.
According to him, this is the only way sanity can be brought back into the game when the government and the FA finally decide to return it from the COVID-19 break.
The GFA has set June 30 to decide on the next step to take regarding return of the game.
However, the football administrator, who is known in football circles as Mickey Charles, believes rather than thinking of bringing football back in the shortest possible time, the FA should deal with the confusing statutes it is faced with presently before going ahead with plans of returning football.
“I am saddened by the posture of the FA hierarchy towards a proposal that we all agreed to during the Extra-Ordinary Congress held on September 5, 2019 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Ridge, Accra.
“At that meeting, we all decided to adopt the revised GFA Statutes put forward by the Normalisation Committee (NC) en bloc, so as not to delay the road-map to the elective congress after which we will go back and go through them and, expunge the ones which we feel are not right for our game.”
He noted that this was after the Ghana League Clubs Associations (GHALCA) had been prevailed upon to backtrack for the same reason after its seven-member committee to review the Normalization Committee’s (NC) proposed statutes to the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), had issues with the proposed statutes.
“Now, I feel some of the members who led us to accept the road-map to the elective congress have found their way onto the Executive Committee of the GFA, hence forgetting about what the plan was before the congress,” he lamented.
“These ambiguous statutes we accepted came back to bite us during the league as Medeama SC and Accra Great Olympics are before the Appeals Committee at the moment battling a decision by the Disciplinary Committee to award three points to Olympics, and deducting Medeama SC for fielding an unqualified player (Nana Kofi Babil) in their match-day 12 game.”
Mickey Charles quizzed: “Are we going to continue the league from where whistle-blowers have gone to give the General Secretary of the GFA, acting as an ex-officio member, information which he shall use to take decisions against clubs that have gone against certain ambiguous decisions of the GFA, in the area of fielding unqualified players?
“I believe our game has grown beyond such issues and we need to immediately clean our statutes before thinking of returning football. We must not return football with these chaotic statutes,” he told Asempa FM.
According to him, if the FA is not willing to do the needful, then the onus falls on the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) to lead the way.
“I am urging the welfare body (GHALCA) to call for a meeting so we can pass a resolution and write to the General Secretary of the FA to call for an Extra Ordinary congress to address these anomalies in our statutes,” he added.
BY RAYMOND ACKUMEY