OWNER OF Kumasi-based King Faisal, Abdul Karim Grusah, has asked the government to pay all footballers in the country if it has dissolved the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
His disagreement with the government stems from the 1992 Constitution, which recognises the FA as a private organisation and giving it an autonomous status.
“We are a registered association, so the government can’t dissolve us just like that,” he said on ‘Dwaso Nsem’ on Adom FM Friday.
According to him, the economic implication of the decision taken by the government is going to be vicious as it will affect the immediate and extended families of the footballers.
Despite his personal grudges with the FA relating to some decisions that sent his club to relegation five seasons ago, the outspoken football administrator says he believes the government should have known better to avoid taking that decision.
Alhaji Grusah’s comments follow media reports that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had dissolved the GFA after a private investigative company, Tiger Eye PI, documented rampant bribery and corruption in the game.
Sports Minister Isaac Asiama confirmed the dissolution and said all its officials could no longer carry themselves as such.
“It has been dissolved with immediate effect,” he told Joy News’ Evans Mensah on ‘Newsnight’ on Thursday.
But Alhaji Grusah says he believes the government is acting now because the President was mentioned in the Number 12 exposé.
“If things were going on well at the FA, I wouldn’t have gone to court…I have been speaking about the FA all along and what did the government do? Is it because the president was mentioned in the video?” he asked.
According to him, successive governments have not helped the FA over the years and he does not understand why the government is all concerned now when the writings have been on walls all along.
“You did not take care of your child and now you want to claim possession of him? Show me a government that has had an adviser on sports in its office aside from the Acheampong days,” he questioned.
Alhaji Grusah further explained how he had personally tried to catch the attention of the government to come to the aid of the FA but all his efforts fell on deaf ears.
“I personally congratulated the Minister when he was appointed but he has never called me to ask me how to move the game forward?” he said.
He is also asking the government and other people criticising Kwesi Nyantakyi not to confuse his roles as a football administrator and a businessman.