Transparency International, the anti-corruption organisation that had the Ghana Football Association scoring zero in all four categories of the Football Governance League Table, has said the Ghana Football Association misunderstood the direction of its report.
Transparency International rated the Ghana FA as one of the world’s 87 worst managed football association after claiming that the soccer governing body had scored zero in all four categories of the Football Governance League Table, comprising financial reports, organization charter, annual activity report and code of conduct/ethics.
The Ghana FA did not take the report lightly with Communications Director, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, questioning the damning report and labelling it as “shoddy”.
However, Head of the Rapid Response Unit of the organisation Deborah Unger has told Ultimate FM from her base in London that the attacks from the Ghana FA stem from the fact that they have not fully understood what the report is sought to do.
“I think they misunderstood the report and what it detailed. As we all know, FIFA is in a corruption crises and they’re discussing what sort of mechanisms they need to put in place to address this corruption crises,” Unger told Kumasi-based Ultimate FM.
“So we looked at what sort of governance mechanisms that the individual FA’s have in place to reduce corruption risks. We looked at the websites of all the 209 FIFA member associations-if they have one- and scored them based on the availability of information on four categories: financial reports, organization charter, annual activity report and code of conduct/ethics,” she said.
“It will be wrong to say that by scoring zero on all fronts, it means the FA is corrupt. But what it implies is that the FA needs to take another look at its governance mechanism and make information more accessible to the public. This way, it reduces the risk of being perceived as a corrupt organisation,” Ms. Unger concluded.
Source: Ultimate1069.com/106.9 FM/Ghana/Fentuo Tahiru