An Accra High Court on Wednesday, June 12 2018 granted a 10-day injunction restraining officials of Ghana Football Association (GFA) from carrying out their official activities.
The ban secured by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo is part of the government’s efforts to dissolve and restructure the GFA following a public uproar that greeted the screening of an investigative piece by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The undercover piece dubbed #Number12 and showed on Wednesday June 6 2018 captured former GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi on camera collecting $65,000 from supposed investors to influence the president, Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr Bawumia to get them contracts.
The two-year undercover investigation by the Tiger Eye PI into football in Africa also revealed a footage of over 70 Ghanaian referees and football administrators taking cash to fix games in the country, a situation that triggered the dissolution.
In her quest to get the injunction on Tuesday, Madam Akuffo argued that the GFA was used for illegal activities hence government, in a bid to protect the interest of the public, the injunction was prudent to allow for the restructuring.
The GFA within the 10-day ban can neither organize football matches nor appoint and elect officials.
The court order also bars the GFA and its officials from organising football matches. No official can engage in the selling of the Association’s assets within this period.
The 22- member Executive Committee of the GFA can not operate and is therefore invalid. This means no member of the Executive Committee can represent Ghana in the 68th FIFA annual congress in Russia on Wednesday, June 12 to vote to award the hosting rights of the 2026 World Cup.
Isaac Addo (General Secretary) and Wilfred Osei Kweku, two Executive Committee members of the GFA, were prevented by Government from attending the congress.
Also, no official of the dissolved FA can represent the country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament at Russia which will commence on Thursday,June 14.
The Ghana League Clubs Association’s (GHALCA) request to convene an extraordinary congress to address the fall outs of #Number 12 cannot be held as government has halted all football activities.
GHALCA, after an emergency meeting on Monday, resolved to call an extraordinary congress and put together a 7-member delegation to meet with government to see the way forward in the football sector.
Their meeting with the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah has not yielded any results.
In an interview with Host of the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ 93.1, Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe, Vice-Chairman of GHALCA), Alex Ackumey, kicked against the Government’s move to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and replace it with a new football federation.
He observed the decision will affect football activities in the country as the various leagues will be halted, a decision he said will affect the livelihood of millions.
To him, Government should not take its own decision and come back to call GHALCA at a later date to join.
“…They have to listen to us (GHALCA),” he said.
“If you keep us [the clubs] out of business for a year or two and you come back and tell us that we should come back to join whatever body you have formed, who are you going to call?” he quizzed on Tuesday.