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Ghana's World Cup commission judge fires at FIFA - 'We are not intimidated by anybody'

Published on: 11 August 2014
Senyo Dzamefe says no one can intimidate the commission from carrying out the probe

The high court judge leading Ghana's Commission of Inquiry into the country's 2014 World Cup participation has fired his first salvo at FIFA saying the world governing body cannot intimidate the three-man body.

Justice Senyo Dzamefe fired the first warning at FIFA on Monday at the first day of hearing in Accra implying it is unfazed by attempts by anybody or any institution to frustrate its work.

This comes after the Ghana Football Association (GFA) furnished the commission with a letter from FIFA urging government to change the terms of reference of their probe insisting it violates the world governing body's laws.

The letter, Justice Dzamefe said, was dated August 7 and signed by Fifa Deputy Secretary General Markus Kattner.

While not mentioning specific institutions and names, the chairman of the commission, Justice Senyo Dzamefe was emphatic about their independence.

“This morning we received a letter from the [Ghana Football Association] addressed to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Honorable Mahama Ayariga and copied to us,” he said on Monday at the first sitting at the Accra Sports Stadium.

“I want to state categorically that we are not intimidated by anybody,” Justice Dzamefe insisted.

The world football governing body’s letter sent last Thursday addressed its unease at the insistence on the government of Ghana to look into the Black Stars performance at the World Cup – but the Commission would not admit that their comments were aimed at Fifa.

Meanwhile the commission has postponed its sittings to Wednesday August 13.

The two other members of the commission are lawyer and veteran sports broadcaster Moses Foh-Amoaning and Kofi Anokye Owusu Darko, rescheduled to allow the institutions subpoenaed ample time to prepare before taking their turns before the commission.

Four state-institutions were to be present at Monday’s sittings but only three showed up. The Bank of Ghana failed to show up for reasons that remain unclear but the Finance, Foreign Affairs and Sports ministries sent representatives.

Citi News’ Pearl Akanya Ofori reports that the atmosphere at the venue was expectant, but ultimately disappointing as no hearings came off.

In the wake of Ghana’s poor show at the recent World Cup, the Sports Ministry set up a three-member committee to investigate matters of player indiscipline and some poor decisions by the management team, as well as general poor performance in the tournament.

However, President John Mahama later upgraded the setup from a committee to a Commission of Inquiry.

Article 279 of Ghana’s constitution says such a commission “shall have the powers, rights and privileges of the High Court or a Justice of the High Court at a trial.”

In the eyes of Fifa, this simply means the GFA could be on trial from a High Court, which may go contrary to their rules of engagement with member associations.


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • fish says:
    August 12, 2014 02:01 am
    GSN,we are intimated by any fact, **** you motherfuckers
  • Rasheed says:
    August 11, 2014 10:11 pm
    @Alfred, thank you and may God bless you.
  • Rasheed says:
    August 11, 2014 10:10 pm
    @Jahguide, I did not write with my mouth in the first place, and I will not bandy words with you ,because you are still learning. Let Senyo Dzamefe do something contrary to the rules and regulations of FIFA, then you will see how FIFA will show us where lies. Oh I see, may be you did not understand the meaning of crossing the red line young man. Stay cool.
  • Bright says:
    August 12, 2014 12:39 am
    @Dasaintshy,you are also not helping by insulting our Ghanaian friends.Who should stop the nonsense?.I think Jahguide is not making sense by insulting Rasheed who is making sense.
  • Blow says:
    August 12, 2014 12:05 am
    Let's forget the coming Afcon and get the job done once and for all. To hell with Fifa!
  • Dasaintshy says:
    August 11, 2014 11:43 pm
    Instead of is coming together to fight off these Nigerian and Zambian trolls who parade this website to spew nonsense, you guys are here fighting, stop the nonsense and let's figure out how we will deal with foreign uncircumcised haters who troll this site to spew hate! United we should stand!
  • plavi says:
    August 11, 2014 11:21 pm
    Shut up fifa.
  • Rasheed says:
    August 11, 2014 07:58 pm
    @Senyo Dzamefe,You can brag provided you don't cross FIFA's red line. If you go beyond that, then they will show you where power lies.
  • Jahguide says:
    August 11, 2014 08:45 pm
    Just shut your stinking mouth over there,what kind of power will they show him,will they arrest him or what? If you don't have anything sensible to say,just keep quiet and stop spewing trash,fool
  • [email protected] says:
    August 11, 2014 08:52 pm
    Enough of this FIFA nonsense .
  • Alfred says:
    August 11, 2014 09:21 pm
    I can figure out a lot of sense in the first post than the second one
  • John says:
    August 12, 2014 05:44 pm
    Instead of the them concerntrating on the ministry of sports, they are rather after GFA.bias judges.the sports ministry is under the government supervision and that is where the corruption was high.GFA is under the fifa supervision not the government supervision, that is what u should know.if u cross their line they will take u off.eventhough the government provide the FA with some money, that money is termed as borrow that the FA will pay it back. Pls fifa is independent likewise the government so no one should interfere with each other.if