At long last, after weeks of hype and intense anticipation of an explosive undercover journalistic piece coded named ‘Number 12’, which promised to shake the foundation of association football in Ghana, it came to pass that, indeed, the passion of the nation is fraught with fraud and beyond imagination.
The heart of a nation bleeds, the eyes of lively people shed tears over a game which is organised to excite its followers.
But, after the drama unfolded from the Eye of the Tiger at the theatre, the game was over for football people, and, indeed, the game is over for the ‘merchants of the night’ who yield power in the corridors of football in Ghana.
The men in black who referee our games in 90 minutes have painfully robbed us off our joy associated with football, and, by extension, wasted the investment of bankrollers of football teams.
The Chronicle is saddened by what the Tiger Eye has uncovered within the Ghana Football Association (GFA), because the future of the game, so dear to the hearts of our dear nationals, now hangs in the balance, as the man at the helm of affairs and the second most powerful man in African football, Kwasi Nyantakyi, has engaged in deeds that have damaged his image and that of the GFA to irreparable levels.
The most complicated angle to the entire drama is the attempt by the GFA President, as captured in the ‘Number 12 ’project, to use the game of football to gain political power to rule his country, Ghana.
To us, at The Chronicle, the project by Anas Aremeyaw Anas has lifted the mask off football officials whose insatiable appetite for wealth and power has brought to the fore the urgent need to thoroughly clean the Ghana Football Association.
Again, we are of the opinion that corruption is gradually becoming the norm, cutting across all spheres of our national engagements.
It is in the light of this that The Chronicle supports calls by the former Attorney-General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, for education on corruption to be included in the curricula at the basic level of education in the country.
The Chronicle also believes that the practice will help to inculcate the spirit of patriotism and hatred for wrongdoing in the pupils, as they form their character, and also help them develop a great love for their country.
We would also like to state that let us not make all the noise in the heat of the moment and allow sleeping dogs to lie as usual.
If there are good grounds to prosecute, let it be done to serve as a deterrent to others who are on the bench lacing their boots to milk the nation dry in the name of football.
In the past, the mantra has been ‘the name of the game is evidence’, now, with this overwhelming evidence, we can only hope that patriotic Ghanaians would stand up against the unpatriotic conducts of the men and women, who have been put in positions of trust to oversee the development of our game.
Already there are suggestions that the GFA should be dissolved with immediate effect, and all international assignments of the national teams put on hold, following the exposé of corruption in the game of football.
The Chronicle strongly agrees to the suggestion as the starting point to redeem the image of the passion of the nation.
To the beleaguered GFA capo and his cohorts, the legal system allows for clearing of dented images but the game is certainly over and there is no extra time!