Ghana on Thursday retreated from controversial plans to suspend its graft-ridden football federation, as it reached an agreement with FIFA to clean up football administration in the country.
Ghana’s attorney general Gloria Akuffo had made moves towards dissolving the embattled Ghana Football Association after an explosive documentary in June showed officials purportedly soliciting bribes worth millions of dollars.
FIFA countered that it would work with Ghana to deal with corruption but would not allow the GFA’s hurried liquidation.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino met a senior delegation from Accra today with both sides agreeing to “Establish a normalisation committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association,” a FIFA statement said.
“Satisfied with the above measures, the Government of Ghana shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association,” FIFA further said.
Akuffo had said in June that “Urgent measures” were needed to shield the public against the GFA, which she described as “An instrument for self-aggrandisement by people who run it to enrich themselves.”