Nduom: Don’t drag party politics into football

Paa Kwesi Ndoum - Owner of Elmina Sharks

 

The presidential candidate of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) in the 2016 general elections, Paa Kwesi Nduom has warned against the introduction of politics into football.

 

Nduom, owner of premier league side Elmina Sharks, says although government intervention was necessary to the development of the game, politics must be kept at arm's length to avoid destroying the game.

The businessman/football administrator who gave the advice via his Facebook page, rather advocated for the need for stakeholder deliberations and urged all to desist from dragging football into politics.

"We know we must cultivate the cooperation of government and we cannot bring partisan politics into football", he stated.

Dr Nduom's call came after a delegation consisting himself and other football officials were stopped by government from travelling to meet FIFA in Zurich to discuss the GFA and government impasse that has halted football activities in the country.

Last week, we was invited to FIFA’s headquarters alongside Kweku Eyiah and Nana Sam Brew Butler for a meeting to try to find a resolution to the impasse.

At the airport on the day of his travel, he was prevented from travelling and later that same evening, he received a mail that said his invitation had been withdrawn because ‘the Minister of Youth and Sports insisted that there was a court ban on football activities in

Ghana and therefore it was not in his interest to travel for the meeting.’

The government delegation, however, travelled and held the meeting with the FIFA representatives last Friday.

He challenged everyone to resist any attempt to drag politics into the game and said "I am urging to do the same and resist the temptation to drag football into NPP/PPP/NDC/CPP/PNC, etc politics.

"The owner of Sea Lions and the Elmina Football Academy, called for everyone's support and said "We know very well that we need everyone's support to make our football venture work", he noted.