GFA Boss Tears Kojo Bonsu
President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwasi Nyantakyi has subjected Kojo Bonsu, a football administrator and businessman, to a blistering verbal pounding, saying the latter is desperate to be the FA president.
Mr. Bonsu, a former board member of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, had in the Monday November 23 edition of the Daily Graphic called on government to set up a Public Interest Committee (PIC) to oversee activities of the GFA in order to check indiscipline and corruption in Ghana’s football.
He said it was time to extend the national standards of governance to football, especially now that the government was obliged to make huge financial commitments to the Black Stars to participate in the Africa Nations Cup and the World Cup next January and June, respectively.
But in a sharp rebuttal, the GFA Boss, Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi, who was speaking to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, described the call as ‘bogus, baseless and unmeritorious’.
He stressed that already, there were enough checks and balances at the FA and any call for accountability was misplaced and misconceived, “and can only come from people who are not conversant with the workings of the FA”.
Mr Nyantakyi noted that Mr Bonsu’s call was motivated by the desire to occupy the FA presidency.
“His interest in the presidency of the FA is public knowledge. He started showing interest even before I was born; and he has not had the opportunity of occupying the seat. And therefore he has not spared any opportunity in ensuring that he tarnishes or paints black, people at the helm of affairs at the FA.”
He advised Mr Bonsu, publisher of Agoo Magazine and a leading member of the ruling NDC, to hasten slowly and wait till 2011 when elections would be conducted at the Football Association.
“If it is the wish of the electoral college that he should become president, they would vote for him. I don’t think this below-the-belt machinations would help his cause.”
He explained that “the Public Interest Committee (PIC) is one of the Standing Committees of the FA. And it is set up by the FA and not government as erroneously requested”, adding, “The committee’s responsibilities and functions do not include supervision over the management of the FA. Rather, the PIC is subject to the Executive Committee of the FA.”
On the issue of corruption and indiscipline, the GFA Boss said he expected Mr Bonsu to categorise instances of such occurrences to back his claims.
“Corruption is a very serious offence involving dishonesty whose punishment can even lead to incarceration, and so you just don’t make baseless accusations of corruption without providing evidence.”
He maintained that there was no case of corruption at the GFA, indicating that his outfit had its own institutional and legal set up to check corruption, abuse of power and any other matter that was not provided for in the FA Regulations.
“The FA is subject to the laws of Ghana and therefore has an accounting arrangement that ensures transparency, good governance and accountability….. the accounts of the Football Association are audited by the Auditor General of Ghana, and the report submitted to the Public Accounts Committee (of Parliament).”
He recounted that two weeks ago, he was called before the Public Accounts Committee where he explained issues relating to the 2006 World Cup monies, received by the FA.
He disclosed: “During the last World Cup we earned $6 million; and $2.5 million was refunded to the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Finance. We were invited to come and explain, and we provided documentary evidence at the Public Accounts Committee sitting.”