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Fifa, Ghana strike deal to stave off crisis in football administration

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Fifa have reached an agreement with Ghanaian authorities to appoint a Normalisation Committee to run football in the country.

The decision was taken on Thursday, August 16 in Zurich, Switzerland after a four-member delegation from Ghana met with the world football’s governing body.

Fifa have backed out of the August 27 ultimatum issued to Ghanaian authorities to withdraw a court case against the Ghana FA.

However, the warning stands, the local football body must not be liquidated.

The meeting resolved as follows:

1. The President of Ghana and Fifa have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football leadership in Ghana and in Africa.

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2. That the Government of Ghana and Fifa shall work closely to eridicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana.

3. The Government of Ghana and Fifa shall establish a joint task force to create proper disciplinary, governance and auditing mechanisms, as well as ensure that persons who are found culpable are punished in accordance with Ghanaian domestic laws and Fifa and Fifa Statutes.

4. Fifa upon consultation with Government of Ghana and Caf shall establish a normalization committee to replace the executive committee of the Ghana Football Association.

5. Fifa in consultation with Government of Ghana and Caf shall appoint persons with integrity and competence to constitute the membership of the normalization committee.

6. Satisfied with the above measures, the Government of Ghana shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association.”

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Egypt announces plans to bid for 2036 Olympic games. Will they get it?

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Egypt’s youth and sports minister has revealed that the North African country will apply to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2036.

According to a statement by the ministry on Saturday, the bid would make Egypt the first Arab or African nation to host the event if successful.

The Minister, Ashraf Sobhi, and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gave the green light to apply. He added during a reception for International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Cairo.

Although the process of applying to host the 2036 Olympics has not begun, there are reports of interest from countries including Germany, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, India, and Qatar.

The Olympic bidding process begins with the submission of a city’s application to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by its National Olympic Committee (NOC) and ends with the election of the host city by the members of the IOC during an ordinary session.

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Zambia FA launches investigation into alleged sexual abuse in women’s national team

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The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), has set up a probe panel to investigate allegations of sexual assault in the women’s national team after several claims by the media citing some players.

The Secretary General of the Federation, Adrian Kashala, who inaugurated the panel on Friday, said its mandate was to unravel the truth behind the allegations that have rocked the country’s women’s game.

In the past few weeks, accusations have been rife on social media with claims that some players of the Shepolopolo were selected to play in the national team after allegedly being asked to give “sexual favours” to unnamed officials in the football association.

“Although at FAZ we have no record of official complaints brought from anyone on the allegations, we consider the allegations very serious and have opened an inquiry into the matter,” Kashala said in a statement.

“We shall collaborate with the Zambia police and other stakeholders in dealing with this matter,” he added.

The statement asked anyone with useful information and evidence of sexual abuse among female national team’s players to report to the association.

“We have since written to the Zambia police to invite anyone with evidence to help with investigations. The nation shall be notified of the outcome of the inquiries once concluded. Until then we shall provide no further comment,” Kashala said.

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