FIFA’s Normalization Committee mandate will end March 2019 – Oppong Nkrumah

The Minister for Information designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says the yet to be approved Normalisation Committee members will not manage Ghana football beyond March 2019.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Oppong Nkrumah said that the committee had to ensure that a number of targets were met before they hand over the country’s football management within a specified time frame.

“FIFA wrote a letter to the Government of Ghana on August 27 and said that the normalisation committee will be set up to do a number of things in relation to Ghana football.

“The committee will run the Ghana FA’s daily affairs and coordinate with a task force which will be set up FIFA and Ghana, review the FA’s statutes to comply with Article 15 of the FIFA Statutes and organise and conduct FA elections based revised FA statutes.

“The working period of the normalisation committee shall expire when all their tasks have been properly fulfilled but these tasks should be done by no later than March 31, 2019,” Oppong Nkrumah told the press.

The setting up of the committee was a result of a the major fallout of discussions had between FIFA and Ghana after the threat of a ban was issued earlier this month and it will replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana FA.

A fifa statement on Wednesday said “Following the recent meeting between FIFA and Government of Ghana officials together with the head of the FIFA/CAF liaison team for the Ghana Football Association (GFA) concerning the situation of the GFA, and taking into consideration the subsequent withdrawal by Ghana authorities of the petition to liquidate the GFA, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided on 27 August 2018 to appoint a normalisation committee for the GFA.

The suspension of the GFA will consequently not take effect.

The normalisation committee’s mandate will include the following tasks:

– To run the GFA’s daily affairs and cooperate with the special task force once it has been set up by FIFA, CAF and the Government of Ghana;

– To review the GFA statutes to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and CAF, particularly art. 15 of the FIFA Statutes, and;

– Once the GFA statutes meet the requirements of FIFA and CAF, to organise and conduct elections of a GFA executive committee on the basis of the revised GFA statutes.

The normalisation committee shall be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA/CAF mission to be deployed to Ghana as soon as possible. All members of the normalisation committee must pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA Review Committee.

The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections.

The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee shall perform its functions shall expire when all of the above-mentioned tasks have been properly fulfilled, but by no later than 31 March 2019.