GFA dissolution illegal – Mahama Ayariga

Government’s decision to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following revelations of corruption and underhand dealings by key executives has been criticised as illegal.

Chairman of Parliament’s Subsidiary Legislation Committee, Mahama Ayariga, says the government may be acting beyond the powers granted it by the constitution.

“To the extent that there is no constitutional provision vesting government with those powers and there is no act of parliament vesting government with those powers it cannot take those actions,” Mr Ayariga said.

President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday dissolved GFA after a private investigative company, Tiger Eye PI documented rampant bribery and corruption in the game.

Sports Minister Isaac Asiama confirmed the dissolution and said all its officers can no longer carry themselves as FA officials.

“It has been dissolved with immediate effect”, he told Joy News’ Evans Mensah on Newsnight.

“When we say the FA is dissolved it means all functions, all activities are all dissolved”, he said and also mentioned the indefinite suspension of the Premier League.The drastic decision by the President has been hailed by many and comes 24 hours after the premiering of the documentary at the Accra International Conference Center.

However, speaking on Upfront, a current affairs programme on MultiTV, Mr Ayariga told show host, Raymond Acquah, that the decision to dissolve the GFA would have been lawful if the government had sought parliamentary approval.

“They [goverement] would rather have to convince members of the Association to take those actions against their individual members pursuant to their regulations,” he said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Sports Committee in Parliament, Isaac Agyekum, says the decision to dissolve the GFA is best for the country.

“I believe that the lawyers will always look at things from their legal perspective but any Ghanaian who has followed the trend and the issues of GFA until now will agree that they have come to a point where they have lost control of issues,” he said.

How the GFA dissolution will affect Ghana football

  1. A football association will fail to exist meaning that all positions held internationally would be lost. So Nyantakyi’s FIFA Council role will be taken away.
  2. An interim body is likely to established to run football pending a decision from FIFA on the way forward.
  3. Since FIFA frowns on all governmental interference, the most likely action will be a ban as per FIFA regulations.
  4. The local league will most likely to be put on hold awaiting decisions to be taken by an interim management body and FIFA. In addition, clubs who are in international tournaments will be kicked out. Aduana is at risk as it is currently in the CAF Confederation Cup.
  5. National teams will not be allowed to take part in international competitions. Ghana’s Black Maidens and Princesses are preparing to take part in the Women’s U17 and U20 World Cup tournaments this year.
  6. The Black Queens will also lose their hosting rights for the of the 2018 Women’s AFCON. The ban will also freeze Ghana’s FIFA ranking.