Sports News of Friday, 6 September 2019
Following the adoption of the new statutes for the Ghana Football Association (GFA) at Thursday’s Extraordinary Congress, the President of the Association will now serve a maximum of two four-year terms in office.
The new statutes were approved at Thursday’s Extraordinary Congress with an almost unanimous endorsement from the delegates.
“The mandate of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and members of the Board of Directors shall be a term of four years. Their mandates shall immediately begin after the end of the Congress, which has elected them. No person may serve as a member of the Board of Directors for more than two terms of office, whether consecutive or not. Any partial term beyond twenty-four (24) months shall count as a full term.”
Amendments were made to Articles 26 and 37 which deal with the composition of the Congress and the term limits of the Executive Council members respectively.
Following a short delay due to some confusion over the method of voting, 115 of 123 members voted in favour of the adoption of the draft statutes.
One major criticism levelled at the GFA during the tenure of former President, Kwesi Nyantakyi was his lengthy stay in office.
Nyantakyi served as President for 13 years from 2005 to 2018, completing a total of three terms.
He had been widely expected to contest for a fourth term before the investigative piece by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas which led to his resignation.
The GFA hopes the new term limits will prevent any individual from remaining in power for too long.
Another amendment approved at the Congress was the reduction of the members of the Congress to 120.
PFAG’s representation in Congress goes down from 6 to 2 while the Regional Football Association’s representatives rise to 20.