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FIFA Not Ban­ning Ghana: Sports Min­istry Reveals After Meet­ing FIFA

Ghana appears to have scaled the hur­dle of a pos­si­ble ban from FIFA after gov­ern­ment moved in to dis­solve the country’s foot­ball gov­ern­ing body, the Ghana Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion (GFA), 3news.com has gath­ered.

A FIFA del­e­ga­tion led by its new Direc­tor of Devel­op­ment for Africa and the Caribbean Veron Mosen­go-Omba was said to have had a fruit­ful delib­er­a­tion with gov­ern­ment offi­cials at the offices of the Min­istry of Sports on Fri­day.

The meet­ing, 3news.com gath­ered, cen­tered on the dis­so­lu­tion of the FA and how foot­ball can be improved in Ghana.

A five-mem­ber com­mit­tee was set-up by the gov­ern­ment to replace the Ghana Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion after inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Anas Are­meyaw Anas exposé caught sev­er­al mem­bers of the FA alleged­ly col­lect­ing bribes on tape.

Gov­ern­ment was there­fore com­pelled to sus­pend all activ­i­ties of the Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion as well as bar­ring its offi­cials from under­tak­ing any duty at the offices of the FA to enable fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tions into the mat­ter.

How­ev­er, the government’s deci­sion seemed to have rup­tured FIFA’s rules hence prompt­ing Jean Infantino’s admin­is­tra­tion to send a del­e­ga­tion to help resolve mat­ters.

The meet­ing was held between FIFA and gov­ern­ment offi­cials with­out rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the GFA.

Though infor­ma­tion gleaned from the meet­ing is scanty, Elvis Adjei Baah, PRO at the Min­istry of Youth and sports com­mu­ni­cat­ed to a sec­tion of the media, con­cerns that FIFA will ban Ghana won’t hap­pen.

Ghana­ians will be made known as to what tran­spired in the meet­ing. At the appro­pri­ate time, what­ev­er hap­pened in the meet­ing will be made known. Ini­tial­ly we want­ed to post­pone the meet­ing but since FIFA del­e­ga­tion were in the coun­try, we have to show them the respect so we held the meet­ing. The notion that FIFA will ban Ghana is out of the ques­tion here. It won’t hap­pen,” he stressed.

The meet­ing was attend­ed by God­fred Yeboah Dame, Deputy Attor­ney Gen­er­al; Samuel Abu Jina­por, Deputy Chief of Staff; Isaac Asiamah, Sports Min­is­ter; Frank Quist, Chief Direc­tor at the Sports Min­istry, and Mustapha Hamid, Infor­ma­tion Min­is­ter.

Mean­while, the Ghana Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion (GFA) has chal­lenged the Attor­ney General’s peti­tion at the High Court seek­ing for a dis­so­lu­tion of the Asso­ci­a­tion.

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