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15.07.2014 World Cup 2014

Ex-Ghana FA chief Nyaho claims Ghana's World Cup commission won't offend FIFA

Ex-Ghana FA chief Nyaho claims Ghana's World Cup commission won't offend FIFA
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Ex-Ghana FA chairman Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe says government's decision to investigate the Black Stars at the World Cup in Brazil will not attract sanctions from FIFA even though the commission has the powers of a high court.

There are fears this could incur the wrath of the football world governing body, FIFA, s imilar to what led to the banning of Nigeria from international football.

Government set up committee to probe the Black Stars' dismal performance at the World Cup but in a quick move last Friday it upgraded it to a Commission of Enquiry which means officials of the GFA are on trial.

This came even though the GFA said it would cooperate with the committee but upgrading it to a commission takes it to the level of taking football matters to court which violates FIFA statutes.

Private legal Practitioner, Kwame Akuffo fears some of the Commission's terms of reference are a clear violation of the FIFA rules.

He told Joy News: “I believe we have already encroached on FIFA protected territory” because “any attempt to investigate GFA as to how they prepared the Black Stars” constitutes political interference.

However speaking on Joy FM Dr. Tamakloe said stated FIFA will only sanction Ghana if attempts are made to forcibly remove the FA officials from office without recourse to due process- congress.

“Any commission set up by a sovereign government to go into the participation of its national team in an important event such as the world cup to unravel reasons behind the team's abysmal performance, and other embarrassing issues arising out of its participation [and] to make recommendations to the appointing authorities, to me in principle, I doubt if FIFA, will frown on that.

“This is not a GFA affair; this is a national affair…and I don't believe FIFA should interfere in the running of any government anywhere in the world,” the former FA chairman insisted.

The football administrator, however cautioned, the country must thread cautiously avoid taking any action based on the recommendation of the Commission that could lead to the “removal of FA officials or duly elected officials of the FA.”

” That definitely will tantamount to interference,” he warned.

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