FIFA/CAF picks Pinnick to head Ghana FA normalisation team

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[File] Amaju Pinnick. PHOTO: YouTube

Fresh from a successful outing in Liberia, where he was sent to supervise the country’s football association elections, FIFA has chosen Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick to lead a normalisation committee tasked with getting Ghana’s FA running again.

FIFA relayed the latest appointment to Pinnick through a letter from its General Secretary, Fatma Samoura yesterday.CAF’s Director, Member Associations, Veron Mosengo Omba and the Manager, Member Associations, Mr. Nicola Luca, will assist Pinnick in the new mission.

In August the government of Ghana sent a delegation to Zurich and met with officials of FIFA, comprising its president, Gianni Infantino, and Secretary General, Samoura. Both sides then agreed to a road map to reform Ghanaian football.

The agreement ended nearly nine weeks of uncertainty about the government’s planned action to clean up the game in the county and ban threat from FIFA over the government’s intervention.

Similar ban threat was also hanging over Nigeria until the government responded adequately through the office of the then Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in spite of the position personally taken by Nigeria’s sports minister Solomon Dalung.The Ghanaian FA was brought down following an exposé in June on widespread corruption in the administration of the Ghana football.

When the government and FIFA met in Zurich during the period both sides agreed the withdrawal of a legal suit to dissolve the Ghana Football Association and the establishment of a normalisation committee to oversee the reforms.