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Emulate Caciopoli to resolve emerging football constitutional crises – Nana Prempeh to GFA

The Ghana Football Association’s Executive Council should emulate the shining example of the famous Caciopoli which was same betting issue that happened in Italian football as a way to resolve the demotion and promotion case confronting Ghana Football now.

The signs are already clear on the wall that the September 9th set date for the commencement of 2022/23 football season will be delayed due to protests and petitions filed to the Ghana Football governing body by some football clubs.

Relegated side Techiman Eleven Wonders and Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs who the rulling would have favoured if using the season the case occured have all petitioned the Ghana Football Association with both claiming they are the rightful candidates to occupy the place of demoted Ashgold.

All these are trickling in after the Ghana Football Association had taken the decision to organize a play-off between second placed teams in zone one, two and three of the just ended national Division One league.  The winner of the play-off will replace Ashgold.

After this decision by the GFA, a lot of commentaries have been heard from the football administrators, sports journalists, fans and even politicians.

On Wednesday July 20,2022, supporters and management of Ebusua Dwarfs took over some streets of Accra and presented  their petition to the GFA which was received by it’s General Secretary Mr. Prosper Harrison Addo (Esq).

Dwarfs did not only petition the FA but have also gone to court and secured an interim interlocutory injunction to stop the Ghana’s football governing body from going ahead to organize the play-off to seek a replacement for AshGold.

I would not be surprised if more clubs follow suit to protest in support of one team or the other to injunct or create more issues for the FA which obviously will drag the season back as witnessed some years ago.

Kurt Okraku, GFA President.

This is where I am appealing to the FA to use the Caciopoli way to settle the matter and also save the image of Ghana Football for corporate sponsorship attraction.

It is necessary for the FA at this time to attempt a decision that will end the trust of many if not all, especially at the time media reports are suggesting GFA is almost at a point of securing a headline sponsor for the GPL brand.

For those who do not know or have not heard of the case of Caciopoli, Juventus was found guilty in betting which they benefited from match manipulation which the Italian Football Federation later found out and relegated it to Division Two. And in that season, two clubs were demoted from the Seria A to Join Juventus making three to make way for three Seria B clubs to be promoted.

In every season three clubs from Seria A will get demoted and three from B will be promoted.

Since Juventus was found guilty in that case instead of demoting three Seria A teams, they demoted two and added Juventus to make way for the three Seria B to come.

And that’s exactly the case GFA is confronted with now.

By Nana Prempeh, Head of Sports, XYZ Broadcasting.

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