Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Minister of Youth and Sports, has called on football fans to act maturely at the various stadia to avert any unfortunate incident that can plunder the nation into mourning.
According to him, football was to be enjoyed and not to create an atmosphere of hooliganism and vandalism, that caused the May 9 disaster in 2001, which saw about 127 fans losing their lives at the Accra Sports Stadium in a football match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
Mr. Asiamah made this known in Accra on Thursday, May 9, during the commemoration of the 18th anniversary since the disaster, at the Accra Sports Stadium.
“Eighteen (18) years is a maturity year, let us be mature in our actions at our stadia and comport ourselves well to avert any havoc or disaster,” he added.
He noted that the Ministry was liaising with the right bodies and authorities to apply the right sanctions to persons or people who perpetrate crime at the various stadia.
“Football is a universal language and has the tendency of bringing people together, it is a game to be enjoyed and played in harmony, not in violence.
“We still have people who are bent on destroying the game that can bring development to the nation and we are liaising with the right and appropriate bodies to give out punishment to people who cause troubles at any stadia when caught.
This year’s commemoration started with a demonstration by the National Ambulance Service on how to save victims in a stampede or recovery of a collapsed victim, before a wreath-laying by the Sports Minister and also from representatives of Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko as well as family members of victims of the disaster.
Credit: Ghana News Agency
The Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) has agreed to officiate in Wednesday’s matches of the GFA Normalisation Committee’s Special Competition following a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, to resolve a decision by RAG to boycott the competition over unpaid allowances.
Tuesday’s meeting was chaired by Mr Asiamah and included his deputy, Mr Perry Curtis Okudzeto, Normalisation Committee member, Samuel Osei Kuffour; and the RAG executive, led by its chairman, Mr Joe Debrah. Also in attendance was GHALCA Chairman, Mr Kudjoe Fianoo.
A statement signed by Mr Elvis Adjei-Baah, Head of Public Relations at the ministry, said that all outstanding issues were resolved after fruitful deliberations yesterday and RAG had decided to “rescind their decision to suspend officiating in the Normalisation Committee’s Special Competition.”
“By this, all upcoming matches would go on as planned.”
Mr Asiamah, according to the statement, was grateful to RAG for their cooperation.
On Monday, the Deputy General Secretary of RAG, Mr Kwao Sampson, issued a statement that the referees had been compelled to boycott the competition because they were finding it difficult to travel to match venues due to the unpaid allowances.
The Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Perry Okudzeto has declared that members of the new Black Stars management committee will not be entitled to winning bonuses during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition in Egypt.
According to Mr Okudzeto who doubles as member of the committee, those members are all workers and government appointees tasked to help the course of the national team.
“As management team of the Black Stars, we are not going to be part of the winning bonus structure. We are already working for the government and are just coming in to help so that the country can be successful especially in terms of the national team.”
“We the management team have decided we are not going to take any winning bonus at the tournament with the team,”, he told Ghanasoccernet.com.
The Black Stars management committee which is made up of five-members is headed by Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong, Deputy Sports Minister Perry Okudzeto, Ibrahim Sunday, Mr. Francis Asenso-Boakye and Madam Abena Osei Asare.
The committee will among other things, supervise the activities of the Black Stars, and collaborate with the technical team to facilitate all arrangements to ensure the team gets the best of preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
It has already begun it operations with visits to Cairo, Egypt for the AFCON draw this month as and UAE to inspect the facilities that the Black Stars will use during the pre-tournament camping.
The GFA Normalization Committee has learnt with dismay the shameless attack on referee Theresa Bremensu, during the first leg semi-final match of the Women’s Special Competition between Prison Ladies and Ampem Darkoa Ladies in Sunyani at the weekend.
While expressing our commiseration to Referee Bremensu, the N.C would like to state that it does not condone any abuse; verbal or physical towards match officials and takes such attacks very seriously.
Albeit the Special Competition has not recorded any such appalling attacks, last weekend’s incident is of great bother.
The N.C would like to state that such acts of violence on referees are a drawback as we strive to Normalize Ghana football.
The NC reiterates Dr Kofi Amoah’s caution at the launch of the Special Competition that improvements in the GFA Statutes and Regulations as much as they are necessary would not in and by themselves absolve our football from illegalities, corruption, and uncivilized behaviors and undue aggression
Part of our nation’s ability to engender transformation in our football doesn’t have to do with regulation; it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping cultures, increasing awareness and embracing our common humanity and purpose
Attacking a referee physically must be condemned by all and exorcised from all parts of our football
We would like to assure the general public that we will liaise with the police to ensure appropriate sanction is meted out to the perpetrator(s).
Meanwhile, Normalization Committee in accordance with the GFA Statute will refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA.
We will like to appeal to the football community to help safeguard the beautiful game.
Dan Kwaku Yeboah-Spokesperson, Normalization Committee
The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP) also inaugurated a Committee tasked to review all existing the National Sports Policy sporting policies in the country.
The Committee is also to organize a forum for all relevant stakeholders to discuss and collate ideas on how best sporting activities can be improved among several other factors.
1. Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto, Deputy Minister, Youth and Sports – CHAIRMAN
2. Mr. Magnus RexDanquah, Sport Business Consultant – MEMBER
3. Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, Technical Advisor (Sports) – MEMBER
4. Ms. Vivian Doublor, Dep. Chief Sports Dev’t Officer (NSA) – MEMBER
5. Mr. Eric Dwamena, Director, National Sports College – MEMBER
6. Dr. Julius Aikins-Hawkson, Director, GIMPA Consultancy and Innovation – MEMBER
7. Dr. Patrick Ofori, Sports Psycologist (UCC/GNPC) – MEMBER
8. Mr. Ahmed Osumanu Halid – MEMBER
9. Mr. Solomon Tetteh Mensah, Dep. Director (PPBME), MOYS -MEMBER/SECRETARY