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Ghana's Sports Ministry has bypassed the Normalisation Committee to set-up a seven-member body to run a competition to help the clubs become active again and asked the caretaker Ghana FA to focus on its core mandate.

The interim Ghana FA has been told to focus on reviewing status and activate the processes for elections, in what appears a damning assessment of their tenure so far.

The country's sports minister has thus set-up a seven member committee chaired by his deputy Perry Okudzeto to resolve  the outstanding issues of regulations, financial package and the management of the competition.

However this could spark anger within the ranks of the Normalisation Committee as they are likely to view the setting up of the committee as governmental interference in their work.

This shows that there is a big rift brewing between the Normalisation Committee and the Sports Ministry over who controls the game in the country but government is likely to win the tussle as it is providing the finance to get the tournament underway.

The committee will submit its report to the sector minister on Thursday after Monday's crunch meeting with the stakeholders, can confirm.

Other members of the committee includes former deputy sports minister and ranking member of the Parliamentary select committee on Youth, Sport and Culture, O.B Amoah, Dreams FC Executive chairman Kurt Okraku, Ghana League Clubs Association chairman Kudjoe Fianoo, Vice-president of the Normalisation Committee Lucy Quist, Heart of Lions boss Randy Abbey and acting General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association Alex Asante.

The decision to form a new team to oversee the management of the Special Competition is a damning indictment on the Normalisation Committee, who have been on a turf war with Premier League clubs in recent weeks.

Hon Alex Agyekum, Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture said the ministry is now fully in charge of the competition and wants the Normalisation Committee to focus on other tasks.

"We have decided to set up a committee to handle the special competition," chairman of the Parliamentary select committee on Youth, Sports and Culture, Alex Agyekum told Happy FM.

"Looking at the time left , we’ve decided that the Normalization committee should concentrate on their core mandate so that an interim committee will organize the competition.

"Hon Perry (Chairman), Hon O. B Amoah ,Madam Lucy Quist, Kudjoe Fianoo, Kurt Okraku, Randy Abbey and Alex Asante will make up the new committee.

"It’s a plus for all us that local football is coming back to the country, it’s going to be refreshing."

The Special Competition has been dogged with several delays amid transparency issues and lack of respect from the interim body.

Both the Normalisation Committee and clubs held separate meetings with the Parliamentary select committee on sports to find a solution to the impasse which has delayed the start of local football.

It appears the minister of youth and sports Isaac Asiamah had enough of the squabble, opting to set aside the NC and form a new team to oversee the running of the competition.

It's unclear how the latest development will be viewed by neutrals but will surely spark a wave of controversy in the West African nation.

The Normalisation Committee has up to March 31 to wind up their activities.

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