Speaking at the just ended two day 22nd Ordinary Congress of the GFA at the Ghanaman Soccer of Excellence in Prampram, the Minster congratulated the Association for a successful Congress.
The Congress saw the President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi and 18 other Executive members being sworn in to run the affairs of football for a four year term.
Mr Nyantakyi and the Executive Committee members took the oath of secrecy to begin their tenure of office, administered by Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ennin Yeboah.
The Minister said ‘‘I am happy about the enthusiasm and the zeal with which the delegates moved to develop football in the country, adding that, football is the passion and the most popular sport in the country.
He said the Ministry is not against the GFA on the issue of financing, but that, the Ministry lacks funds and pledged his support for the GFA president, saying, “I also pledge my outfit’s support to help grow the sport.’’
He said the Ministry will partner the GFA to find solutions to improving the local league, and that, the patronage of the league is low and does not auger well for Ghana football.
“Ghanaians prefer watching European leagues and it’s our major concern. So we will have to come up with solutions because football brings revenue and job opportunities, which affects many lives positively.’’
The Minister urged the GFA to be transparent and accountable to clear its image for investors to come on board to promote the sport.
Three members of the Executive Committee from the Central, Volta and Northern regions were, however, not sworn in due to a court injunction placed on their election.