Takyi Arhin: Transparency is out of the books of the GFA Normalization Committee

By Michael Duah
Takyi Arhin: Transparency is out of the books of the GFA Normalization Committee
Takyi Arhin: Transparency is out of the books of the GFA Normalization Committee

Tough-talking football administrator, Mr Takyi Arhin has taken a swipe at the Ghana FA Normalization Committee claiming they lack transparency to lead football in the country.

The four-member committee led by Dr Kofi Amoah was instituted after the Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposé on football in June last year.

Several Ghana FA officials and match officials were fingered accepting a bribe in their line of duty.

However, FIFA has given the committee up to March 31, 2019, to review the statutes of the FA, run the day to day affairs of the FA and organize elections.

The country's 16 Premier League clubs, in particular, are demanding for the variables expenses of the $800,000 earmarked for the four-month competition amid a transparency crisis which has hit the interim Ghana FA body.

But the Techiman Eleven Wonders CEO speaking on Kumasi-based Agyenkwa FM claims the committee are not transparent enough when it comes to their dealings with the stakeholders.

"I saw that those appointed as the Normalization Committee can't do the work but people labelled it as a fallacy, it has shown clearly that those people(Normalization Committee)can't do the work", he stated.

"When it was initially raised that the Normalization Committee earn an allowance, Dan Kwaku Yeboah denied it until his boss Dr Kofi Amoah confirmed it some weeks ago that he receives $ 6,500.00"

"Transparency is out of the vocabulary of the Normalization Committee. All stakeholders sat on the round table when Kwesi Nyantakyi brought in the Zylofon Cash sponsorship deal but when the Normalization Committee brought in the tournament, they are failing to make thing known to us"

"They want to steal the money that belongs to us (Clubs) and if the Premier League Clubs meet and still stand by their words, I don't think the Special tournament will come on"

He further reiterated that the committee has no basis from stopping personalities from contesting the Ghana FA presidency seat.

"I have repeated several times that they can't do the work and they will come out to tell Ghanaians that they won't go for an extension but they will surely apply for an extension"

"Even the Government of Ghana don't receive such a huge amount of money ($6,500.00)but the Normalization Committee receive such amount So I don't think with such amount, they will just let it go", he ended.

Local clubs have been left in abeyance, seeking for full financial disclosure before committing to the competition which is being funded by the Ghanaian taxpayer.

There are no clear signs from the Ghana Football Association's Normalization Committee on the exact date for the commencement of the hugely-anticipated tournament as fixtures are yet to be released with clubs left in limbo.

The launch of the competition remains unclear as the FA battle with clubs on the financial terms of the competition.

The current situation is a massive slap on a normalization period for Ghana football as it betrays the essence of restoring trust in the game in Ghana.

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