The announcement was met with public scorn. Not that people don’t like the Ghana Football Association (GFA)’s decision to look into the bribery and match-fixing allegations that rocked the just ended Premier League. People just don’t seem to trust the GFA that much when it comes to corruption issues.
It’s either they have been spitefully brainwashed to accept that, the FA is innately corrupt or that, the FA’s lethargy in fighting corruption in the game has forced the public to have little or no confidence in their investigative power and in fact, justice delivery system.
“The Ethics Committee of the Ghana Football Association has opened a formal investigation into allegations of match fixing, bribery and corruption in football in the country” a statement on the FA’s website said. “The Ethics Committee has taken the decision to open the formal investigation in the wake local media reports raising questions about the sanctity of the game in the country” it added.
First it has to be pointed out that, the call for investigation is a good one although it’s coming late in the day. I don’t know how well this investigation and its outcome would impact on the Premier League and our football in general. However, at this stage, there’s little to convince me that, football fans will see a real purging of the system deemed to be corrupt.
I also don’t believe that, the investigation would be “swift” and “thorough” as said by the statement, but then, it’s heartwarming that, the GFA appreciates the seriousness of the allegations made by their own. There can’t be any further conviction that, Ghana football is plagued with corruption now that the allegations have come from the horses’ own mouth.
The New Edubiase United player who said last season that, matches were fixed right from day five; Amidaus Professionals President, Baba Gedo who confessed to paying bribes to referees; Tema Youth coach, Edward Odoom, who contends that, it’s good to invest in goats than our football because of corruption; Aduana Stars CEO, Albert Commey, who thinks Elmina Sharks owner, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has no moral right to allege corruption in the game…
And of course, Dr. Nduom himself who argues that, our game is truly rotten plus, all who have made similar allegations, must now help the GFA’S Ethics Committee with vital information to see what will come out of their “formal investigation” even if the investigation is coming in late.
It’s better late than never.
By Jerome Otchere, former Asante Kotoko Express Editor