Ghana's Sports Minister refuses to meet FIFA mediation team as crisis widens - Report

Published on: 21 June 2018
Ghana's Sports Minister refuses to meet FIFA mediation team as crisis widens - Report
Ghana's Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah is under intense pressure

Ghana's government has reportedly canceled a proposed meeting with FIFA to resolve the crisis that has crippled football in the powerful West African nation,  local media have reported.

The cracks appear to have been widened after the country's Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah chicken out of the meeting - claiming a breach of court order if the meeting takes place with officials of the 'dissolved' Ghana FA in attendance.

The world governing body has dispatched FIFA’s new director of development for Africa and the Caribbean, Veron Mosengo-Omba and two others to mediate in the ongoing crisis.

FIFA has insisted it will only meet the country's sports chief alongside the General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association in a bid to find an amicable solution to the impasse which threatens lives in the country.

But the country's sports minister is reluctant to meet FIFA officials citing a court order restraining FA officials of holding themselves as such.

The 10-day interlocutory injunction placed on all football related activities elapse on Friday June 22, 2018 but there appear to be no end in sight to the current stand-off between the FA and the ruling New Patriotic Party.

The government says it will take steps to dissolve the FA after an explosive expose' by  ace under cover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealed widespread corruption in the game.

The world governing body, which has zero tolerance for governmental interference, has insisted it will hold the meeting with the FA's scribe in attendance.

But the stance appear to have angered the ruling party, leading to the decision to boycott the scheduled meeting.

Ghana football is on a murky path with several hundreds of footballers and officials left hanging with their fate unknown as the legal tussle continue to wage on.

This is the second time a scheduled meeting with FIFA has fallen through after the FA's General Secretary Isaac Addo was prevented from traveling to Zurich on Tuesday by National Security operatives.

Ghana League Clubs Association chairman Kudjoe Fianoo has withdrawn from a five-member committee tasked with managing football in Ghana - a move which has been bizarrely denied by the Sports Ministry.  

It appears the 'disjointed' five-member committee has no leg in the current scheme of things with the scope of their engagement still unknown.

The dust seems to be settling as many critics of the Kwesi Nyantakyi led administration appear to be paddling backward on their initial stance on the matter.

The government want a quick fix to the problem which has resulted in the indefinite suspension of football in Ghana - but seems the approach could be problematic.

Ghana risk being banned by the World governing body over a micro political interference from  government.

FIFA is already unhappy over government's decision to dissolve the Ghana Football Association which the world governing body expects must be free from governmental control.

The decision to appoint a five-man committee has also widened the rift with FIFA insisting that elected football officials must be made to run the game and not people appointed by government.

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