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08.04.2005 Football News

Nyaho takes Congress to task

By GNA

Accra, April 8, GNA - Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakoloe, Chairman of the Management Board of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) said it was wrong for Congress, the legislative arm of the GFA to constitute a five-man committee to undertake the needed changes in the Association in conformity with FIFA standards.

He said FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) recognise only the Management Board and not Congress, stressing, "it was erroneous for the Committee to have been put in place without recourse to the Board".

Congress on Thursday named Kwesi Nyantekyi, Vice Chairman of the GFA Management Board, Jones Alhassan-Abu, Kwame Ntow-Fiako, Fred Crentsil and Randy Abbey to undertake the restructuring process of the GFA as ordered by FIFA.

The world football governing body said in a letter dated March 23 to GFA Secretary Kofi Nsiah that the GFA statutes were extremely complex with the superposition of three bodies, the Congress, the Executive Council and the Management Board.

The letter ordered the GFA to streamline and simplify its structures with a four-power system - the legislative (congress), executive (executive committee) and judicial (disciplinary and appeals committees), as was the case in FIFA, Confederations and football associations around the world.

FIFA also stated that it frowned on the appointment of government nominees to the GFA Board, which should consist solely of democratically elected members.

Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said Congress should have allowed the Management Board to put in place the committee for the legislative arm for ratification.

"By its actions, it means the Management Board has been slighted and its powers usurped," the Chairman said.

He also expressed regret about the composition of the Committee alleging that most of members were either Executive Council or CHALCA members who were calling for his impeachment.

The Chairman also took a swipe at Justice A. K. B. Ampiah, President of Congress for presiding over illegality stating, "a former Supreme Court judge should have known better".

Congress on Thursday said it remained the sole authority to form a committee to effect the needed changes in the Association as ordered by FIFA.

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