Ghana football is in safe hands

A member of the defunct Normalisation Committee (NC), Naa Odofoley Nortey, has said that the Committee left football in very good hands after the successful elections.

According to her, one of the topmost objectives was to hold congress and hand over football to a proper administration before leaving office.

“I am proud of the new composition of congress which is a true representation of what football should be and that would help the current administration to excel, “she said on Accra-based Citi TV.

The bringing on board of beach soccer and futsal to be part of the Ghana Football Association(GFA) was also commendable as it puts everyone under one umbrella to work together to achieve their goals.

Reducing the Executive Council (ExCo) membership from 21 to now 11 but still consisting of major stakeholders like the Premier League Clubs, Division One League, women football and the Regional Football Associations (RFAs), she said, has also presented a better system for the current administration to work with.

“We also ensured that government auditors do not audit the GFA as done in the past but now involve international bodies to ensure more compliance and also give sponsors more comfort and confidence to support football,” she stated.

She said those steps were very important as nobody wanted to associate with the toxic brand that Ghana’s football had become.

She was hopeful that, with the structures put in place by the NC and the new administration on board, football in Ghana would become a better brand.

“People did not give us a chance at all and even if we turned a man into a woman or changed water into wine, they would still not be impressed, “she stressed.

She denied any deliberate or predisposed results at vetting to disqualify any contestant as perpetuated to the public, adding that, the NC only followed procedures to the core.

“People were so angry that, my three-year old child was even threatened after Winfred Palmer was disqualified. But all we were doing was to follow procedures in the interest of football l,” she disclosed.

She advised the new administration to pay more attention to women’s football as they seem to have very little as compared to the men.

BY MICHAEL D.ABAYATEYE

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