Ghana, FIFA strike deal to prevent GFA suspension

Ghana, FIFA strike deal to prevent GFA suspension
FIFA president Gianni Infantino

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 18, 2018. 13:20

Ghana and FIFA have struck a deal to prevent the suspension of the West Africa’s country’s Football Association (GFA).

FIFA president Gianni Infantino held talks with officials from the country after the world governing body had threatened to ban the GFA.

This was in response to Ghana’s government attempting to dissolve the GFA, thus breaching FIFA’s strict rules which guard against any political interference in the sport.

Infantino's meeting with a senior delegation from Accra has brought progress, with the agreement that a "Normalisation Committee" will be set-up to replace the Executive Committee of the GFA.

The Committee will be staffed by people with "integrity and competence".

"Satisfied with the above measures, the Government of Ghana shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association," FIFA said to Vanguard.

The GFA was thrown into crisis when former President Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from all of his roles in the sport following corruption allegations.

Nyantakyi, who served on the FIFA Council before his resignation, was suspended by FIFA's Ethics Committee after he was caught on camera appearing to accept a bribe.

He remains the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Ethics Committee.

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