Court suspends activities of GFA for 10 days

GFA activities suspended for 10 days

A High Court has placed an interim injunction on the activities of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for 10 days.

The order of the court, therefore bars the GFA and its officials from carrying out all official duties at least for ten days.

The injunction comes after the government filed a petition at the High Court for the dissolution of the GFA.

Last Thursday the government indicated that it had initiated processes to dissolve the football controlling body in the aftermath of public outrage at an exposé by the ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which revealed massive corruption among high ranking officials of the FA and referees.

In her argument before the court, the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, argued that the GFA was being used for illegal purposes.

Speaking to the media, Ms Akuffo claimed that, the injunction had become necessary to protect the public.

“We heard that some of the officials were bent on going to Russia in the name of the FA so we thought that we should quickly come to court to get an order. The law requires that it should operate for a maximum of 10 days. It gives us some time to bring the application of notice to the affected parties,” she said.

The undercover investigation, captured in a documentary, entitled #Number 12, has since led to the resignation of the GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi who was secretly filmed engaging in alleged corrupt practices with undercover agents disguised as Arab investors interested in sponsoring Ghana football.

Mr Nyantakyi, who is also the First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football and a member of the FIFA Council, was last Thursday handed a 90-day worldwide ban from all football activities pending investigations by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.