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Sports News of Tuesday, 11 September 2018


Nigerian FA boss Pinnick leads team to appoint Ghana's normalisation committee tomorrow

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President and First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Amaju Pinnick is leading a joint FIFA/CAF mission to Ghana that will identify persons who will constitute a normalisation committee tasked with running the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in the interim and organise elections for a new GFA executive committee.

According to multiple sources, FIFA relayed Pinnick's appointment through a letter from its General Secretary, Fatma Samoura yesterday (September 10).

He will be joined by CAF’s Director, Member Associations, Veron Mosengo Omba and the Manager, Member Associations, Mr Nicola Luca and some other persons who are expected to be named on the normalisation committee.

All three members of the joint FIFA/CAF mission are expected to meet the Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Kwame Asiamah in Accra tomorrow (September 12) after their arrival today.

The normalisation committee’s mandate includes the following tasks:

- To run the GFA’s daily affairs and cooperate with the special task force once it has been set up by FIFA, CAF and the Government of Ghana;

- To review the GFA statutes to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and CAF, particularly art. 15 of the FIFA Statutes, and;

- Once the GFA statutes meet the requirements of FIFA and CAF, to organise and conduct elections of a GFA executive committee on the basis of the revised GFA statutes.

According to FIFA, the normalisation committee shall be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA/CAF mission.

All members of the normalisation committee must pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA Review Committee. The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections.

The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee shall perform its functions shall expire when all of the above-mentioned tasks have been properly fulfilled, but by no later than March 31, 2019.