Pinnick heads FIFA/CAF normalisation team to Ghana

Pius Ayinor

CAF Vice President, Amaju Pinnick has been named to lead the FIFA/CAF normalisation team to Ghana as the country works hard to get its football running fully again according to laid down FIFA rules, reports.

Pinnick’s appointment was made known via a letter from the General Secretary of FIFA Fatma Samoura and the Nigeria FA President is billed to arrive in Accra on Tuesday.

The Director, Member Associations of the Confederation of African Football Veron Mosengo Omba and Mr Nicola Luca who is the Manager Member Associations are part of the team headed by the Nigeria FA boss.

In August the government of Ghana sent a delegation to Zurich and met with officials of FIFA, comprising its president, Gianni Infantino, and Secretary General, Samoura. Both sides then agreed to a road map to reform Ghana football. The agreement ended nearly nine weeks of uncertainty about the government’s planned action to clean up the game in the county and ban threat from FIFA over the government’s intervention. Similar ban threat was also hanging over Nigeria until the government responded adequately through the office of the then Acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo in spite of the opposition taken by Nigeria’s sports minister Solomon Dalung.

The Ghanaian FA was brought down following an exposé in June on widespread corruption in the administration of the Ghana football.

When the government and FIFA met in Zurich during the period both sides agreed the withdrawal of a legal suit to dissolve the Ghana Football Association and the establishment of a normalisation committee to oversee the reforms.

A normalisation committee is to be established to replace GFA Executive Committee headed by Kwesi Nyantakyi whose members were forced to leave office following the corruption scandal.