BY MUNTALLA INUSAH AND ANNETTE S. YEBOAH
THE REGISTRAR General would soon be directed to take over the management of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), which is on the verge of being dissolved by the government following the football corruption expose’ by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
In court yesterday, an ex parte interlocutory injunction to restrain the GFA and its officials from carrying out all official duties such as the organisation of football matches, selling of the association’s assets, appointment and election of officials was moved by the Attorney General, Ms Gloria Akuffo.
“We are asking that the court should order the Registrar General as the legal liquidator to take over that body that will see to the future establishment of the administration of football in the country,” Ms Gloria Akufo, the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, stated.
The Attorney General triggered the processes to officially liquidate the Ghana FA at the Registrar General’s Department and to place an injunction on the executives to stop functioning as officials of the Association.
But, the High Court, presided over by Justice Samuel Asiedu, in granting the application, said the order was to last for 10 days.
According to the Attorney General, the current structure and members of the GFA have designed dubious means to benefit themselves, and that Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, then president of the association, had changed the structures to favour him to go unopposed, and choose his vice anytime he wanted and fire him at his own time.
She said what was happening at the GFA was not limited to subscribers and directors only but went deeper, which shows that the GFA had lost the object for which it was established.
She explained that the government recognises the role of the Confederation of African Football and the Federation of International Football Association and so had petitioned them in that regard.
Basis for petition
(1) The Registrar or any other person who is… (c) The Attorney-General, but only on the grounds specified in paragraph (c) of subsection (2), may present a petition to the High Court for the official winding-up of the company.
(2) The High Court may order the official winding-up of a company on a petition presented under subsection (1) where,… (c) The business or objects of the company are unlawful, or the company is operated for an illegal purpose, or the business being carried on by the company is not authorised by its Regulations…”
The Attorney General established before the court that current members/officers of the GFA are suspected of crime.
The implication of the 10-day ban is that as many as 480 players in the Ghana Premier League will not earn any income during this period.
The players, who depend on winning bonuses, allowances and paltry monthly salaries, have to, therefore, find alternative sources of revenue.
Both players and administrators of clubs, according to sources within the premiership, are engaging in series of meeting on payment plans for players this month.
Some, the DAILY HERITAGE is told, are considering salary cut to cater for administrative work until the government resolves issues with the GFA.
Sources at Asante Kotoko told the paper that the players’ major concern is their inability to play active football.