Retired Ghanaian referee Thomas Nunoo has stated that there are referees with integrity who can form part of the yet-to-be-named Normalization committee that will oversee reforms football in Ghana.
Ghana football has been in crisis for the past two months following the publication of an undercover documentary by ace investigative journalist,Anas Aremeyaw Anas, that exposed widespread corruption in the administration of football in the country.
In the documentary, titled Number 12; When Greed Becomes the Norm, senior officials of the Ghana FA including former President Kwesi Nyantakyi and a host of referees were caught receiving bribes.
The huge public uproar that greeted the exposé saw government commence legal action seeking to liquidate the GFA.
But the world’s football governing body, FIFA ,a fortnight ago stepped in to issue an ultimatum for the state to withdraw its lawsuit by August 27 or get banned.
Government in response requested a meeting with FIFA which was held last Thursday and amongst other things a decision was taken to replace the Executive Committee with a Normalization Committee.
In an interview with Ohene Bampoe–Brenya on Happy FM‘s Anopa Bosuo Sports, retired referee, Thomas Nunoo, posited that though some officials were caught in the exposé, there are referees with integrity who would be good additions to the Normalization committee.
“We have a lot of referees with integrity who can be part of the Normalization committee. People with integrity are not 100% nor are they perfect but we can get people close to perfection,” he told Happy FM.
“The Normalization committee must be done with the people within the system. Football people, referees and all stakeholders who have integrity should be included. Even those 74 referees captured in the Anas video, we still doubt how everything happened. Why should Anas pursue referees till they couldn’t reject it anymore?”
“What is Anas’ business in a Hearts vs Kotoko game? I’m calling on Hearts and Kotoko to take Anas on for dragging their names to the gutters. I’m not justifying the act of the referees but I believe nobody is clean on this earth.”
By: Ayishatu Zakaria Ali