Accra, June 12, GNA - An Accra High Court (Commercial Court One) has granted an interim injunction on all activities of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
This was after Ms Gloria A. Akuffo; the Attorney General (AG) and Minster of Justice had moved an ex-parte application before the court presided over by Mr Justice Samuel Asiedu.
The 10 day order bars the GFA, its officials from carrying out activities such as organising football matches, selling of the association’s assets, appointments, elections of officials among others.
Ms Akuffo application sought to seek an order restraining directors and officers of the association from exercising their powers conferred on them particularly by disposing off assets of the association, appointment of officials and organisation of football matches.
The application also sought to appoint the Registrar General as the official liquidator of the GFA.
Moving the application, the AG contended that the GFA is a company limited by guarantee and its duties are of public interest because the association depended on government for its logistics and funds.
According to her the actions of GFA had a direct bearing on the image of Ghana pointing out that the Anas Aremeyaw Anas investigative piece showed that over the years it had been involved in illegal activities which has become a source of worry to the public.
Citing the Dzamefe Committee, Ms Akuffo argued that the depth of illegality had become a sin and same has been captured in the Anas’s video which depicted acts of fraud, deceit and illegality.
According to her the Anas video further showed that acts of defrauding by false pretences and money laundering which is inimical to the GFA as an organisation.
“What is going on in the GFA is not limited to subscribers and directors but this goes down to show that the GFA has lost it object by which it was established.”
The AG pointed out to the court that government has petitioned the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) over those acts, which grossly undermined the existence of the GFA in the eyes of Ghanaians and the rest of the world.
To restore the image of the GFA, the AG said steps must be taken to stop those acts.
“The longer we continue to allow perpetrators to continue with their illegal acts, the deeper we sink. The refusal of this application renders more damages to Ghana.’’
The GFA has suffered a shake-up following an investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest exposé on corruption in football.
High-ranking members in the Association, including its President, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, have been implicated in acts of corruption.
Mr Nyantakyi is alleged to have been received a bribe to secure a $15 million sponsorship deal for Ghana’s local league.
Following the exposé and without admitting any guilt, Mr Nyantakyi has resigned and the GFA’s premises has been designed as “a no go area.”
The Police have since announced they will investigate all FA officials implicated in the investigative piece.
The GFA’s Ethics Committee, headed by the Director of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS) Bureau, Commissioner of Police Kofi Boakye has been tasked to look into the allegations.