Ghana obviously, is now a problem child of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). On November 30, 2010, FIFA wrote to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to warn of an immenent close-down of football in Ghana, should the Government of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills continue with inteference in the affairs of football management in Ghana.
The letter was copied to the Government of Ghana. Following the receipt of the letter, Koku Anyidoho went public to state that Castle had recieved FIFA’s warning in good faith, and that there would be no more inteference in the affairs of Ghana football.
Barely one week after the receipt of the letter, officials of the Economic and Organised Crime Office raided the head office of the Ghana Football Association at Ridge in Accra.
A number of government agents claimed that the raid was not on the orders of Government. In his defence of the raid, Deputy Minister of Information Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, one of the hatchet men of this regime, claimed that some of them had not seen the said warning letter from FIFA.
Following the raid, FIFA has written again to warn Ghana. Your authoritative Chronicle has a copy of the second letter. In view of its importance to the game in Ghana, we puiblish the second letter in full.
Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi
South East Ridge
Abu Dhabi, 9 September 2010
Raid on the offices of the Ghana Football Association (GFA)
We acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 7 December 2010 with regard to the raid on the offices of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).
As stated on our previous letter dated 29 November 2010-and as was clearly expressed by the FIFA President to the president of Ghana when they met in Zurich on 31 August 2010-FIFA recognizes that the Ghanaians governmental authorities may audit the GFA accounts related to the attribution of public funds, ie government funds. As previously stated, this excludes funds coming form other sources (FIFA,CAF; corporate sponsors). In addition a proper audit should be carried out by a neutral and recognized qualified auditor, such as one of the major international auditing firm.
In this case, the EOCO moves implies that the GFA had to stop all its activities, including the running of the league or other development programs which is deeply worrying. This means that the GFA is not in a position anymore to exercise the core of its mandate, which is to run football, because of the government intervention. This is not acceptable.
Under these circumstances, if the Ghanaian authorities do not stop their direct intervention and allow GFA to work again (in particular by returning the CPU and all necessary material to GFA) before Sunday 12 December 2010, we will be obliged to refer the case to the FIFA Emergency Statutes Committee. This could entail all potential consequences linked at art. 13 and art. 17 of the FIFA Statutes which clearly state that any football association must manage their affairs independently and with no influence by any third parties or to face sanctions in case of noncompliance.
We hope that the Ghanaian authorities will reconsider their actions and thus avoid the deepening of a crisis which will only bring adverse consequences for the football lovers in Ghana.