Soccer News of Wednesday, 18 July 2001
Mr Joseph Y. Appiah, chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) has said that the appointment of the General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is the preserve of the Executive Council of the GFA and Brigadier George Brock, Acting Chief Executive of the National Sports Council (NSC) must be out of tune to challenge it.
Commenting on Brigadier Brock's alleged questioning of the competence of the Executive Council in asking Mr Worlanyo Agra, current General Secretary to leave office by end of July, Mr Appiah said the Acting CEO's reference to SMC Decree 54 as vesting powers in the NSC to appoint staff of all associations, including the GFA is proof of his time lag and bankruptcy about how soccer is currently run in the country.
The GHALCA chairman said the Executive Council is determined to make the GFA function professionally and achieve results that would make Ghanaians happy. They would therefore, not sit down and watch things get out of control before they act, neither would they succumb to the dictates of an NSC which does not play any major role in football administration in the country.
He said "it is on this premise that we decided to terminate the appointment of Mr Agra since his performance has not been above average and his attitude to work does not indicate any effort to improve upon his productivity."
Mr Appiah said the Executive Council was also not happy with the part Mr Agra played in the disbursement of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) grant to the GFA for CAN 2000, which Ghana co-hosted with Nigeria.
"The Executive Council took many factors into consideration and the cumulative record of Mr Agra could not guarantee an improvement in attitude or performance and we want somebody who would be devoted to the job and satisfy club owners who are the major stake holders.
He denied the speculation that the firing of Mr Agra was rooted in his relationship with Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, the former Vice President.
"Football is the passion of the nation and any administrator who performs well to the admiration of Ghanaians would be hailed, regardless of his political affiliation and the Executive Council would not conceive the idea to sack him," he stated.
He said the GFA survives on revenue from clubs as it does not receive any subvention from government and it is just appropriate that the clubs dictate the tune when it is clear that lack of devotion on the part of some GFA staff might derail football administration in the country.
Mr Appiah said the Executive Council has contacted the Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) to nominate competent people who would constitute a panel to select a new General Secretary to replace Mr Agra.
The GHALCA chairman said the position would soon be advertised and the successor of Mr Agra would be ready to take over from him as soon as he vacates office.