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Ghana FA member Kofi Manu blasts 'political' colours of donated musical instruments to Premier League

Published on: 08 April 2014
Francis Oduro Sarfo taking instruments on behalf of Berekum Chelsea

Ghana FA member Kofi Manu claims the colours of the musical instruments handed to Premier League clubs by First Capital Plus Bank is 'Political' and against FIFA regulations.

The headline sponsors of the Ghanaian top flight handed the musical instruments to the 16 participating clubs to be handed to their supporters for use during games.

The donation forms part of the bank’s pledge to support the activities of supporters after sealing a landmark sponsorship deal with the Ghana FA worth $10m over the next five years.

But Kofi Manu, the chairman of the Ghana FA’s Player Status Committee stormed out of the presentation ceremony held at the Ghana FA headquarters in Accra claiming the instruments are in the colours of an active political party in Ghana.

The drums, which forms part of the musical instruments handed to the Premier League Board were coloured, red, blue and white – the signature colours of First Capital Plus Bank.

Manu however claims the colours are representative of a political party in Ghana which will amount to an infringement of the ‘FIFA Stadium And Security Regulation’ when used for games.

“Sometimes I don’t know whether it is out of ignorance or illiteracy,” the ex Aduana Stars Chief Executive Officer told Metro FM.

“You know sometimes we meet to crack jokes about these things and then someone takes this on air and makes it public.

“But since the issue is already in the public domain then let me make it plain why it [drums in political colours] is wrong.

“FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulation – Article 60: ‘Prevention of Provocative and Aggressive Action’

“1. Political action- The Promotion or Announcement Political or Religious Messages inside or in the immediate vicinity of the stadium by any leanings is strictly prohibited before, during and after matches.

“These rules are very clear but people are in football and they don’t even know the rules.

“Secondly, are we saying that because a sponsor has come to sponsor our league, must he force his colours on the clubs?

“That colour is representative of the colours of a political party and the laws clearly state that it cannot be done.”

Source: Metrofmonline


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ike says:
    April 08, 2014 10:23 pm
    This is the hand work of the devil and he always does that through human like Manu. When the league was in die need of sponsors he could not find us one. Now we have one and is prepared to take our league to another level people who don't want the progress of the league will come up with such a myopic idea. The end result is that the sponsors will be pissed off and will withdraw the sponsorship for Manu to be happy.This is true enemy within and a green snake in green grass. He should write to FIFA to ban all colour in association football. Because every colour represent that of any political party.
  • Kojo says:
    April 08, 2014 09:42 pm
    Why didn't the FA reject the whole sponsorship package from First Capital Plus Bank then? Or Kofi Manu is just realizing that their colors are political in nature...complete balderdash..
  • yawa says:
    April 08, 2014 04:03 pm
    Can someone please tell this man called kofi manu how illiterate he himself is,he think he knows everything but knows nothing. This submission he made is bad and lack logic.
  • KIMPO says:
    April 08, 2014 05:42 pm
    Was he sleeping when the FA was signing the contract,didn't he see that company's colours
  • me says:
    April 09, 2014 04:55 am
    so d united states of America is also using d colours of npp ryt? korasinii
  • Embalee says:
    April 09, 2014 07:14 am
    This is out of place. Kofi Manu should have protested when they came out to sponsor the league because the bank's colours are the same as a political party. Please come again
  • Dan says:
    April 08, 2014 02:18 pm
    Wow!!! Sometimes it amazes me how some people get into leadership positions. To me his reasoning is totally out of whack.
  • Kwesi says:
    April 08, 2014 02:40 pm
    Sometimes one finds it strange how people see politics in everything in Ghana. When the FA was going for the sponsorship, didn't he see their colours? Myopic mind.