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17.08.2004 Football News

GFA Deserted

By Graphic
GFA Deserted
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Only 2 Members Left In Ghana? Expectations from the Black Meteors in their campaign at the Olympics Games have reached an all-time high, but the same has robbed Ghana football of the men who run the game at home. Barely a week into the start of the football tournament at the Olympics, the power house of Ghana football has been deserted by the football chiefs, three of whom are petched in the camp of the Meteors in Greece. While Chairman, Dr N. Nyaho-Tamakloe, General Secretary, Kofi Nsiah and GFA member, Fred Pappoe, are petched with the Meteors in Greece, Vice-Chairman Kwesi Nyantakyi, is reportedly on a private trip to the United Kingdom, as the football secretariat is left deserted by the absence of the top brass. The other members of the FA Management Board, Dr Kofi Amoah and Dr Aloysius Denkabe, are the ones left at home. Dr Denkabe, who is the Chairman of the Black Queens Management Committee, is also a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon while Dr Amoah runs Progeny Ventures, a local investment consultancy outfit.

It is argued that with only two of the members left, the FA Management Board will not be able to form a quorum for any meeting to take place. Consequently, such serious issues as the recent court action brought against the FA by First Division side, Aflao Royals, for an injunction on the Division One League which has been granted by a High Court sitting at Ho, cannot be deliberated upon by the FA Management Board sitting at a full meeting.

Apart from the two FA members, the only person at the FA Secretariat with the mountain of administrative issues on his head, is the Deputy General Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Gyimah. In the absence of Kofi Nsiah, Gyimah's more senior and experienced colleague, Mr K. Ampim-Darko, who together could have held the fort, is also reported ill and is convalescing at home.

It will be recalled that last Thursday, the GFA issued a statement announcing the voluntary suspension by Sulley Muntari of his services from future national assignments following his expulsion from the Black Meteors camp in Portugal for alleged indisciplinary behaviour.

However, sources close to the Meteors now participating at the Olympic Games in Athens indicate that the GFA Chairman, Nyaho-Tamakloe, has refuted any such statement emanating from the FA. Meanwhile, the Graphic could not get the FA Secretariat to confirm or deny the new position at the time of going to press yesterday.

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