Chairman of the new committee set up by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Perry Okudzeto has rubbished claims that the newly set committee has been tasked to organize and oversee the special competition as claimed in the media.
According to the deputy Youth and Sports minister, the committee’s core duty is to ensure that the Normalization Committee and the Premier League clubs reach an agreement within 72 hours for the commencement of the special competition and not to supervise the competition.
The decision to form a new committee was arrived at following a meeting between the Ministry for Youth and Sports, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports and Culture, as well as the Normalization Committee (NC) and the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) in a bid to resolve the ongoing impasse between the NC and the clubs.
A special competition which was earmarked to start in early February was cancelled due to massive disagreement between the two bodies, a situation the MOYS and the Parliamentary select committee on Sports and Culture have opted to resolve as early as possible with the formation of the new committee, which will henceforth serve as the body to mediate and help both parties negotiate a strong deal for the resumption of football in Ghana.
Aside Perry Okudzeto, who is the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, the other members of the committee are Mr. O.B Amoah, MP for Aburi and the Deputy Minister of Local Government, Madam Lucy Quist, the Vice President of the Normalisation Committee, Kudjoe Fianoo (Chairman of GHALCA), Kurt Okraku (representing the Premier League clubs), Randy Abbey (representing the Division One League clubs) and the acting General Secretary of the Football Association, Alex Asante.
The interim committee’s core mandate is not to organize the special competition but have rather been tasked to come up with an effective road map towards the organization of the special competition.