Hon Wisdom Kobina Mensah Woyome, Member of parliament for South Tongu, has called on Ghanaian investors, especially cooperate entities to offer funding support to the Ghana Football Association ( GFA) new executives to deliver on its mandate.
According to him, though he believed the new executives would work to turn things round for the benefit of the GFA, funding most programs remained the key challenged.
Mr Woyome made this call in an interview with THE REPUBLIC after he had made a statement on the floor of parliament on Wednesday October 30,2019.
“With the new Executives in place, I call on the corporate entities in the Country to partner the GFA, invest in strategic areas of our football including the Local League, Grassroots Football and Player Development for the general improvement of the game, so that we can realise the optimum health and economic benefits of football as a Country, ” he said.
Kurt Okraku, the new GFA President, beat off competition from George Afriyie, Amanda Clinton, George Ankomah Mensah, Nana Yaw Amponsah and Fred Pappoe to win the GFAtop seat.
He pulled 93 votes of YES as against 26 delegates after George Afriyie had conceded defeat ahead of the third round.
This, Mr Woyome told the paper he has high hope on the experience and competency of the new executives to deliver.
Full Statement Of Woyome
STATEMENT BY HON. KOBENA MENSAH WOYOME, RANKING MEMBER FOR YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE COMMITTEE OF PARLIAMNET ON THE CLEAN UP OF GHANA FOOTBALL.
Mr. Speaker, over the weekend a new chapter in Ghana Football was opened at the College of Physicians and Surgeons here in Accra; for the first time in several months, the real football people gathered to elect one of their own to lead the Football Association and the management of football in general.
After three rounds of fiercely contested elections, football people settled on Kurt E.S Okraku as the new GFA President.
Mr. Speaker I rise to Congratulate Mr. Okraku and to pledge our support for him.
Mr. Speaker, several Executive Council members were also elected prior to the Extraordinary Congress to assist the FA President in the management of the FA. We congratulate them as well and wish them the best during their tenure of office.
Mr. Speaker, after several months of cleaning up Ghana Football by key stakeholders and a Normalisation regime, most of the work should have been done and Ghana Football should have been ready to take off. Unfortunately that has NOT been the case as there is still a lot more work to be done.
With an initial six month mandate from FIFA to tackle the main problems of the FA, as identified in Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 exposé, the NC failed to achieve its core mandate of Reviewing the Statutes & Ensuring the needed Reforms of the GFA. In addition, the NC could neither able to regulate the day to day management/operations of the GFA nor to organise Elections, thus requiring an additional Six month and 15 days extension. The tenure of the NC has seen all our National Teams both men and women from the black stars, the black queens and age category National teams performing abysmally in various International competitions they participated in.
The 2019 Blacks Stars AFCON fiasco in Egypt, where for the first time in many years (since 2006) the Black Stars failed to make it to the Quarter Finals of the tournament and the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations debacle, in which Ghana hosted and injected a lot of resources but failed to even make it to the Medal Zone.
The Age Category National Teams like the Black Satellites, the Starlets, the Black Princess and the Maidens all failed to excel in their various Competitions during the tenure of the Normalisation Committee.
It had to take the intervention of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth and Sports to strike a compromise between the Normalisation Committee and the Ghana League Clubs (GALCA) officials before the NC Special Tournament could be played.
Mr. Speaker, the outcome of last Friday’s elections made it clearer that football people are better placed to manage our Football and we therefore urge Government to stay away from football, put a stop to any form of subtle interference like it did during the tenure of the NC by appointing known Government officials to the Management Committee of the Black Stars ahead of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, which resulted in one of the worst campaigns in the history of Ghana Football.
With the new Executives in place Mr. Speaker, we call on the corporate entities in the Country to partner the GFA, invest in strategic areas of our football including the Local League, Grassroots Football and Player Development for the general improvement of the game, so that we can realise the optimum health and economic benefits of football as a Country.
In conclusion Mr. Speaker, I urge the newly elected GFA President, Mr. Kurt Okraku, and his team to work round the clock to gradually wean the FA and Ghana Football in general off government funding to consolidate the FA’s independence. I also urge them to create the financial space for government to effectively fund the lesser-known sports that have suffered greatly because of lack of funding and the much needed investment.
Mr. Speaker, we should be truly elated that finally, the period of normalisation is over, and football people are in charge of Ghana Football. It is our prayer that the new team will work hard and succeed in cleansing, rebranding and reforming our beautiful game for the benefit of us all.
I thank you for your kind attention, Mr Speaker.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba