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FIFA Probes Government Intrusion Into GFA 11/14/2010

World’s football governing body Fifa has opened investigations into moves by the Ghana government to impose Abedi Pele as the GFA’s candidate for a CAF executive committee position.

Under Fifa rules, national football associations must not be subject to government control.Fifa has asked the GFA to present the letter minister of sport Akua Sena Dansua sent to impose Abedi Pele as the GFA’s candidate.

The world governing body has also received a report from CAF who had been monitoring developments in Accra.If the government is found to have interfered in the affairs of the GFA a stern warning could be issued to the government to desist before a ban is imposed if it is continued.

Similar actions by the governments in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Kenya have resulted in bans from international football.Ghana’s last executive committee member was the late Sam Okyere but it has been more than two decades since.

Abedi Pele lost in his bid to get on the committee in 2004 when he lost to the Nigerian Amos Adamu. The latest directive is likely to increase growing tensions between the Youth and Sports Ministry and the GFA over what executives of the football association feel is undue interference from government in the way they run their affairs.

Source: ghanasoccernet

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