The Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah has reiterated Government’s readiness to support the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association as the two sides embark on a process of restoring confidence and trust in the game.
Ghana’s Normalization Committee expects a refund from CAF to cover the cost of its preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone after the continent’s ruling body cancelled the encounter on Tuesday.
Sierra Leone’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi will not go ahead on Thursday after the country’s football association failed to get a FIFA suspension lifted.
Sierra Leone authorities, who had petitioned FIFA to get the ban lifted, did not meet a Tuesday deadline to reinstate ousted football association president Isha Johansen, who is accused of corruption by government officials.
“Our appeal has been rejected,” Sierra Leone Football Association president Brima Mazzola Kamara, who replaced Johansen, told Reuters.
“It is not what we were hoping for, especially since this now means the CAF match won’t be happening. FIFA told us that Isha’s reinstatement was a prerequisite for our suspension being lifted, and when we told them she had not returned to work, they denied us.”
Mazzola Kamara said that the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission will not budge on their decision to oust Johansen and SLFA general secretary Christopher Kamara over allegations of match-fixing involving the national team.
FIFA has rejected an appeal from the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) to temporarily lift the ban on the country to enable them play Ghana this week insisting the elected officers must be reinstated by 5pm today.