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15.04.2005 Football News

Nyaho Chastises Butler, Jawula

By Graphic

THE Chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has stated that he would have discounted former FA chairmen, Nana Sam Brew-Butler and Alhaji M.N.D. Jawula, if he had the opportunity to form the committee to restructure Ghana Football.

That, he said, was because the two officials contributed to the problems facing Ghana football today.

“If I had the chance I would not have brought in Jawula because he was part of the problem. Butler is also not one of those I would have considered since he created the whole problem,” he explained.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports last Wednesday, Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe, in his usual forthright self, disclosed that he would have preferred objective and “solid people” who are well versed in football like former FA boss, Professor Kofi Kumado, Dr Kwamina Oboe Quansah, former Youth and Sports Minister, Mr Amarkai Amarteifio and former President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and newly-appointed member of the Council of State, Mrs Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie.

He, however, denied categorically ever saying on any platform that he would form his own committee, apart from the one set up by the FA Congress to restructure Ghana Football.

“I've never said I'm going to form another committee. What I said was that if I am in their shoes, I will let the Management Board come up with some names for Congress to consider.”

He also revealed that he had nothing against the five-member committee endorsed by Congress to undertake the reforms and wished them the best in their work.

Asked why he was not at the last Congress to express his views on the composition of the committee, he explained that he decided to absent himself on the advice of his lawyers since the same body had recently passed a vote of no-confidence in him.

According to Nyaho-Tamakloe, he was once evicted from a meeting by members of the Executive Council some months back when he defied his lawyers' orders and attended it.

The man who was proud that his agitation for reforms had been finally endorsed by FIFA dropped a bombshell when he said his last objective as the FA boss would be to push government to publish the Gbadegbe Commission's report since a government White Paper was issued on it in May 2000 and bring the culprits to book.

He said it was important that the recommendations of the Commission were implemented to ensure justice since many of those who were found guilty by that competent commission headed by a respected former Appeals Court Judge, Justice Nasii Sule Gbadegbe, had still not paid their monies.

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