GHALCA PETITIONS FIFA

Ghana leagues Club Association GHALCA has petition FIFA calling on the world football governing body’s intervention to restore normalcy to football activities in Ghana.
 The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) is the welfare body of all league clubs in Ghana including those that compete in national leagues i.e the Premier League and Division One League (second tier league).
This body is incorporated under the Companies Act, 1963 (Act 179) as a Company Limited by Guarantee and recognized by the Ghana Football Association, the National Sports Authority and the Government of Ghana as a major stakeholder in Ghana
football.
 In other words, GHALCA is the umbrella body that seeks the interest and welfare of all of it’s member clubs in Ghana.
GHALCA, acting on the mandate given to it by it’s member clubs hereby submits this petition seeking FIFA’s intervention to restore normalcy to football activities in Ghana.
We the clubs are mindful of a petition sent to FIFA by the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association dated 29th June, 2018.
BACKHROUND
On 6th June, 2018, a documentary entitled ‘Number 12’ was premiered to the Ghanaian public seeking to expose corruption in Ghana football. In the said documentary, certain key officials of the Ghana Football Association were captured in various cases of wrongdoing.
 This triggered a chain of reactions from sections of the general public and the Government of Ghana.
The Government of Ghana on 12th June, 2018 instituted legal action seeking the dissolution of
the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as a legal entity, pursuant to Section 4(2)(c) of the Bodies Corporate [Official Liquidations] (Act 180).
Subsequently, the High Court granted a ten (10) day interim injunction restraining members, directors and officers of the Ghana Football Association from performing their lawful duties, thus disabling all football activities in the country.
Around the same time, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police
Service sealed off the headquarters of the Ghana Football Association, describing it as a ‘Crime Scene’.
Access to the headquarters of the GFA by members of staff as well as other stakeholders
of the GFA has since been denied up to date.
The situation has created a standoff/impasse between the Government of Ghana and the Ghana Football Association of which we (the clubs) are major stakeholders.
EFFECTS OF CURRENT SITUATION ON GHANA FOOTBALL AND CLUBS
1. All leagues in the country have been summarily truncated.
2. Players and officials of clubs have been rendered redundant.
3. The entire football value chain has been disabled.
4. Investments of club owners are in jeopardy.
5. Contractual obligations within the industry i.e between clubs and players, clubs and
officials, clubs and sponsors, broadcast partners have been put at grave risk.
6. The current situation has adversely affected the fitness levels and conditioning of players
thereby affecting their competitiveness at a time where some clubs and national teams
have national and international engagements.
OBJECTIVES OF THIS PETITION
As the major stakeholders of the Ghana Football Association (the clubs) who constitute over 80% of the delegates of the GFA Congress (the highest body of the association), we are the most affected by the current situation. Consequently; we (the clubs) are seeking FIFA’s immediate intervention to resolve the impasse and restore normalcy to Ghana football.
In particular, we invite FIFA, pursuant to Article 5.2 (2016 Edition) of the FIFA Statutes to continue to engage the Government of Ghana to;
1. Get the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to lift the
siege on the headquarters of the GFA and to ensure the resumption of normal activities of
the GFA.
2. Discontinue the legal processes seeking a dissolution or liquidation of the Ghana Football
Association especially since it puts the GFA at risk of expulsion from FIFA pursuant to
Article 17(1c) of the FIFA Statutes (2016 Edition) which states inter alia “The Congress
may expel a member association only at the request of the Council if; it loses the status
of an association representing association football in its country”.
CONCLUSION
In the light of the foregoing, we the clubs as major stakeholders of the Ghana Football
Association as the greatest victims of the impasse between the Government of Ghana and the Ghana Football Association humbly submit this petition duly signed by the accredited
representatives of the various clubs (find attached) in the hope that as the regulatory body of world football, FIFA will intervene immediately to facilitate the resolution of the impasse that will ensure the return of normalcy to Ghana football, the passion of the nation.
BY: Samuel W. Joe Okyere/myxyzonline.com/sports