Ghana Reaches Deal with Fifa to Save Its FA

Ghana on Thursday backed away from controversial plans to dissolve its corruption-plagued football federation as it reached a deal with FIFA to clean up football administration in the country.

Ghana’s attorney general had taken steps towards dissolving the embattled Ghana Football Association (GFA) after an explosive documentary in June showed officials allegedly soliciting bribes worth millions of dollars.

This led to the resignation of former GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi and his eventual ban by the world football governing body.

Following the development, Fifa countered that it would work with Ghana to tackle corruption but would not allow the GFA’s hasty liquidation.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino met a senior delegation from Accra on Thursday with both sides agreeing to “establish a normalisation committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association,” a Fifa statement said.

It added that the new 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 further said.

Ghana’s attorney general Gloria Akuffo had said it June that “urgent measures” were needed to protect the public against the GFA, which she described as “an instrument for self-aggrandisement by people who run it to make themselves rich.”

The graft revelations within the GFA sent shockwaves through the country just before the start of the World Cup in Russia which Ghana did not qualify for.

Football is massively popular in the West African country, whose Black Stars captured fans across the continent during a thrilling run to the quarter-finals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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