Businessman and owner of Elmina Sharks FC, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has suggested that an alternative football league is created to champion a credible football competition in the country.
He said a private investor could champion the suggestion and led by local club owners who will ensure that a free, fair and disciplined tournament.
Nduom made a comment after the airing of an investigative film by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas that showed many corrupt deals in Ghana’s local football.
Anas’ video among other things caught top officials of the football association including its president, Kwesi Nyantakyi taking bribes to influence the offer of an invitation of players to the national team, affecting the duration of playing time offered to some players and influencing the selection of unfit players and referees to participate in games.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was also caught using the name of President Akufo-Addo and other top government officials to lure supposed foreign investors and take millions of dollars from them.
Also, more than 100 referees were caught on tape taking bribes to manipulate the outcome of games in a team’s favour.
Papa Kwesi Nduom, who is also the founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), said the football in the country was in “crisis”, and there is the need for club owners who have invested huge sums of monies in helping restore the game’s integrity in the country.
In a Facebook post on the situation he said;
Where should the solution to the crisis in football in Ghana come from?
There is no question that there is a crisis in football in Ghana. So whose responsibility is it to solve the crisis? Sportswriters, players, football team Managers, association executives, government officials and many others have jumped into the arena.
What about the owners of the football clubs? The people who have invested hundreds of thousands of Cedis, sometimes millions to give employment to players, coaches, administrators, and others?
Not too long ago, I wrote about the problems encountered in the football league including corruption and received all manner of insults and accusations. With the Anas #12 video, everyone is jumping into the act. Some are even bypassing the rules and regulations that govern association football.
It may be time to organize an alternative football competition, a private sector initiative led by club owners – with discipline.