Ras Mubarak Insists Government Decision to Dissolve Ghana FA is Illegal
The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu Constituency, Ras Mubarak has expressed his belief that government decision to dissolve the Ghana Football Association illegal.
In the aftermath of the public screening of controversial investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ documentary titled Number 12, government released a statement indicating that they are in a process of dissolving the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The documentary exposed the rot in Ghana sports, especially the GFA where top officials and referees were caught taking money – including some collecting as little as GH¢200 ($42) – to influence match results in the domestic league as well as push players into national teams.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Isaac Asiamah counted the press release by the government by stating on several platforms that the nation’s football body has been dissolved.
However, Mubarak, who is a Minority member of Parliamentary Committee to investigate the trending issue at the Ghana FA, insisted such a decision might be challenged in court.
“The decision by government is a populist decision because almost everybody is happy but I believe everything must be done in accordance with the law,” Mubarak told Happy FM.
“Legally, this decision by government is problematic because legally government can’t intervene. I am wondering how government will clarify this decision.”
“The constitution gives parliament the powers to investigate and look into any issue in the public interest.”
“In cleaning up a system, we take the bad ones out and leave the good ones. That’s why I believe this decision by government can be legally challenged in court.”
“I’m surprised Hon Isaac Asiamah made those comments. I am wondering if the minister consulted his lawyer at the ministry before coming out to make such a comment.”
“The government can’t dissolve the GFA because in law it won’t see the light of day.”
“The release from the government was very cautious so I don’t know why Hon Isaac Asiamah made such a comment.”
The dissolution is likely to attract a FIFA ban as its rules oblige member associations to manage their own affairs “independently and with no influence from third parties.”
FIFA banned Nigeria in 2014 after its High Court disbanded the Football Association after a poor showing at the World Cup in Brazil.
A ban would mean no Ghanaian team, including club sides, can play in regional, continental or international competitions.