Former Hearts boss calls for support for Normalisation Committee

Sports News of Thursday, 27 September 2018



Former Accra Hearts of Oak General Manager, Neil Armstrong Mortagbe

Former Accra Hearts of Oak General Manager, Neil Armstrong Mortagbe, has backed the Normalisation Committee to bring massive change to Ghana football.

Following the government of Ghana and FIFA’s decision to put together a normalisation committee to oversee the affairs of football in the country, there has been strong comments for and against the team of individuals tasked with the duty of ensuring that football makes a return in the shortest possible time.

Football came to a halt in Ghana after an investigative work by Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealed massive rot in Ghana football.

Commenting on the competence of the normalisation committee, Mr Mortagbe admitted some of the names came as a surprise but he was confident they have the requisite experience to do the job.

“Dr Kofi Amoah didn’t surprise me because following his nomination unto the Liaison Committee as well as his background as Chairman of the CAN 2008 team, it’s clear the current government has a certain level of faith in him.

“Having said that he was also head of the main liaison team and I just felt he was going to be part of the team anyway. The three other people are persons who I didn’t expect. I just didn’t expect them. I was expecting people who had some association or involvement in the sport. The person could have been a consultant, a member from the Parliamentary select committee on youth and sports, Olympic committee or some former directors of the sports ministry. I didn’t expect them to pick the current football administrators due to what we all know.

“Lawyer Kofi Dua Adonteng I’m told was a former Board member of Kotoko and MD of Ghana Post under President Kufuor while Madam Lucy Quist is clearly a manager of high repute. The Kotoko angle should help as a relevant resource person…Lucy Quist has been CMG marketing woman of the year, a trained engineer and is remembered for the Airtel Rising Stars business.

“She comes in with process and design management from her days as MD at Airtel Ghana. She is a systems person and a manager and would help institute smart structures on the FA.

“Madam Odofoley Nortey is obviously in there for legal related issues with a lot of documentation to deal with within the next couple of months. She is there to be the eyes and ears of the Attorney General so let’s see how it goes,” he told Class Sports Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang.

The team has already started their operations from the offices of the GFA.

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