Future of Ghanaian football comes under threat after FIFA rule violation

Menzi Magubane

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is running the risk of a FIFA ban by allowing the country’s government to interfere with its footballing matters. 

On Friday, Ghana’s Sports Ministry met with the GFA in an emergency meeting after the Black Stars disgraceful exit in the African Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Sports Minister Mustapha Yussif ordered the GFA to dissolve the Black Stars management committee led by George Amoako. 

He also told the GFA to sack the Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac after Ghana exited Afcon in the group stage on Tuesday without winning a match for the first time in the tournament’s history.

“The ministry, in accordance with its mandate, asked Ghana Football Association to reconstitute the Black Stars management committee,” Yussif said in a statement.

“We made it clear to the GFA that the people of Ghana have lost confidence in the capacity of the current technical team of the Black Stars to deliver success. We, therefore, asked the GFA to review the work and capacity of the Black Stars’ technical team, led by the head coach Milovan Rajevac.”

In their response, the GFA has claimed that it will be too close to axe Rajevac due to the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers play-offs in March. 

However, the decision was taken to sack the Serbian coach on Saturday morning. He will have to be paid R4.8 million in compensation as he still had nine months left on his contract. 

The GFA may not have been left with much of a choice but to axe Rajevac, as his salary is paid for by the sports ministry. As the GFA went ahead with the government’s orders and fired the coach, their football future could now be thrown under a dark cloud.

According to FIFA laws, only the football association can terminate the contract of a national team coach as they see fit.

Any interference in football matters by the government could result in that national association being banned from taking part in any FIFA related matches and tournaments.

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