Ghana in the dark over AFCON qualifier cancellation

Dan Kweku Yeboah

Dan Kweku Yeboah

Communications Director of the Normalisation Committee, Dan Kwaku Yeboah says his outfit has not received any official communiqué from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) indicating that they have cancelled the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone.

The Leone Stars are scheduled to travel to Ghana to face the Black Stars in Kumasi on October 11 and the return leg in Freetown three days later.

But the two games were thrown into doubt on Friday after FIFA suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association over government interference.

In September, the country’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) forced President Isha Johansen and Secretary-General Chris Kamara to step down from their offices as both are under investigation on counts of ‘abuse of office and misuse of public funds.

However, FIFA statutes do not allow interference from any outside body and, as such, are threatening to ban the country from international football.

The suspension will be lifted once the SLFA and its recognised leadership (led by SLFA president, Ms Isha Johansen, and SLFA General Secretary, Mr Christopher Kamara) have confirmed to FIFA that the SLFA administration, premises, accounts and communication channels are under their control once again.

“We haven’t received any official letter from CAF saying the game won’t come on so our arrangements haven’t changed,” he told Happy FM.

“We are still expecting players to come down for the game as scheduled.”

“The information we got from CAF is that a decision will be taken today (yesterday) so we are still waiting on them.”

“Some of the players are here already and others are on their way so we don’t want to waste their time and make useless their coming down.”

Commenting on the Ghana Premier League return, he disclosed that a proposal has been sent to the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), to organise a special competition in a bid to keep the clubs active.

According to Mr Yeboah the Normalisation Committee is not considering the return of the second round of the 2018 Zylofon Cash Premier league.

The proposed tournament is therefore aimed at filling the void created by the truncated Premier League as well as sustaining the interest of the supporters.

”We want to organize a special competition for the clubs. It doesn’t look likely that we will continue with the league, he said.

“The Normalisation Committee met with GHALCA to discuss the development of a competition for the clubs but nothing has been finalised yet”


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