The Ghana Normalization Committee (N.C) has called off their proposed special competition which was aimed at engaging the elite and the second tie clubs in the country.
This cancellation according to the Committee was because the premier league clubs opposed to the structures of the normalization’s committee.
At the aftermath of corruption scandals in Ghana Football Association last year June, an interim body (Normalization Committee) was tasked by the Ghanaian government together with FiFa and Caf to temporarily manage the affairs of football.
The commission after a thorough meeting with club leaders announced an all new tournament which was designed to keep clubs active and make fans throng to stadiums again until the start of a new season, but few days into the commencement of the tournament, the committee announced of its cancellation.
“The N.C has come to a point where the truth must be told and the right things be done to save Ghana football which is a great asset for the people of Ghana even though it has private sector coloration”
“We hereby cancel the proposed N.C tournament. We will engage the interest of government as to the other alternative uses to the funds advanced the Normalization Committee”
According to Dan Kwaku Yeboah-Spokesperson for GFA Normalization Committee, the committee is readying a new programme to engage fans while they reform Ghana Football.
“We sincerely apologize to the Division One league clubs who overwhelmingly subscribed to participate in the N.C Special competition.”
“We will come up with a new programme to keep them engaged whilst we reform Ghana football.”
Below is the full statement sighted by Kessben media
The GFA Normalization Committee (N.C) has cancelled the proposed Special competition aimed at engaging Ghanaian clubs whilst the reformation of Ghana football takes shape.
The Normalization Committee took time to meet the football community to help understand the challenges and problems facing Ghana football.
Clubs and players appealed to the N.C to do something and start football playing again.
The clubs said they were hemorrhaging with debt and their players were getting rusty.
The N.C heard their appeal and put together a tournament that was designed to make the game beautiful and encourage fans to go to venue centers and also watch on television.
There were arrangements to pay better fees to referees, budget for media hype to generate interest and a core of young volunteers to help generate interest in young people in football.
Additionally, plans had been put in place to telecast the matches to bring football to the doorstep of the people.
Unfortunately, because of the bad image no company was willing to align its brand with Ghana football hence no sponsorship was secured.
We then had to appeal to government to come to the rescue of the sad situation of Ghana football.
The government heard our plea and advanced 1.2m dollars not just to restart football but to train referees and also look at women football and colt’s football.
When we got the money the premier league clubs opposed the format of the competition; we bent to accommodate some of their concerns to come up with the final tournament structure that everybody agreed.
Anytime the game was about starting there was a hiccup from the premier league clubs and the tournament never started.
The N.C has come to a point where the truth must be told and the right things be done to save Ghana football which is a great asset for the people of Ghana even though it has private sector coloration.
We hereby cancel the proposed N.C tournament. We will engage the interest of government as to the other alternative uses to the funds advanced the Normalization Committee.
We sincerely apologize to the Division One league clubs who overwhelmingly subscribed to participate in the N.C Special competition.
We will come up with a new programme to keep them engaged whilst we reform Ghana football.
We want to assure the people of Ghana that Ghana football will be normalized, and will not allow the inherent greatness of our football to die on the altar of selfishness, greed and braggadocio.
Dan Kwaku Yeboah-Spokesperson GFA Normalization Committee
By: Kessbenfm.com/Derrick Ofori