Soccer News of Wednesday, 26 September 2012
The forward march of football in Ghana continues over the next two days as a number of reforms targeted at improving the game goes before Congress of the Ghana Football Association beginning Wednesday.
A raft of proposed changes to the regulations of the sport body is on the agenda of Congress for their two-day sitting in Prampram as the GFA continues its review of their working document to enhance the game.
And this process will continue at Congress which will be chaired by the President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi as they reforms to be discussed includes plans to introduce a unified calendar for all the leagues and competitions in the country, use of a single-judge system for the Disciplinary Committee, phased implementation of the club licensing system and a review of the award of points in certain cases when clubs file protests.
Nyantakyi, speaking ahead of Congress believes a change to the regulations would leave the game much better than the current one in use for the running of football.
"All the necessary changes to our statutes and the regulations of the game is aimed at improving our operations and the running of football in the country," Nyantakyi said.
"We are very committed to making sure that technicalities do not affect the game and keep to a strict working document that will be promote fair play in football at all levels."
Some of the changes that will be tabled before Congress are:
*The phased implementation of the club licensing system.
*The proposal to use the single-judge system for the Disciplinary Committee.
*The reduction of the time for protests in respect of inter-club matches. Clubs must lodge protest no later than 24 hours from the end of the match. Previously it was 72 hours.
*The abolition of the review system in the legal processes of the GFA.
*The introduction of distinct home and away strips for clubs.
*The introduction of a unified calendar for all the leagues and competitions in the country.
*Protesting clubs won't benefit points-wise in certain protests.