President of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) Cudjoe Fianoo

A high-powered seven-man delegation from the Ghana League Clubs Association (Ghalca) met Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah Monday night in an attempt to dissuade government from going ahead with plans to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Ghalca held an emergency meeting earlier in the day where they took ‘critical’ decisions seeking  government to give them the chance to champion reforms at the FA instead of a dissolution of the current system.

At the meeting which had over 20 Chief Executives and Presidents of Football clubs taking active part IN discussions, Ghalca triggered article 23 of the Ghana Football Association Statutes and called for an Extraordinary Congress within a minimum of five days.

Forty-two of the clubs present voted in favor of the Emergency Congress, surpassing the required consent of 25 stipulated in the GFA Statutes.

The dialogue

Kudjoe Fianoo (Leader), Kweku Eyiah, George Afriyie, George Amoako, Ernest Kuffour, Nana Sam Brew Butler and Wilson Arthur form the 7-man team who met the Sports Minister later for a dialogue. They were told him that “as clubs we have the capacity to resolve all the issues arising from the expose’ so we can resume our football,” Fianoo mentioned ahead of the meeting.

But their move was rejected as they were told to hold on with their plans for immediate Congress but rather patiently wait to witness how government succeeds in sanitizing Ghana football.

It is understood that a significant step was taken on Monday with government filing for an injunction on the current GFA set-up.

Why we are here

Government has stated it intends to dissolve the football association following the Anas expose which revealed former GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, some Executive Committee members and match officials to be in clear violation of the FA’s/Fifa’s code of ethics.

The Executive Committee of the GFA had instituted a five-member team to meet with government to negotiate an amicable solution other than dissolution of the country’s football governing body.

But Ghalca moved to side-step the Executive Committee with some officials explaining that they were complicit in the wrongs of the Nyantakyi era.

Steps to dissolve GFA

The Attorney-General on Tuesday went to the High Court to begin steps for the dissolution of the GFA.

The government has filed two petitions – to liquidate the football association and also an ex parte motion seeking an injunction to restrain the GFA from operating as presently constituted from operating or doing anything in terms of football.