Chairman of the club licensing committee, Kwame Baah Nuako, has dismissed the National Sports Authority (NSA) who have expressed their displeasure over what can be described as dissatisfaction with being sidelined in the licensing process.
The boss of the NSA, Peter Twumasi explained in an interview with Asempa FM that regulatory bodies like CAF, pre-inform and liaise with the authority in carrying out inspections, hinting that the NSA was not made aware of any inspection by the club licensing board.
“I have not seen any assessment, even the person who came to the stadium to do the assessment I have not seen him. In the national accreditation, if you’re coming to do an assessment, an assessment conference is scheduled where you make known your purpose. Even if you are a legitimate body that is what you have to do. CAF brings a letter and informs us on what they are coming to do and then we give them officers to take them around. So when they are done, they sit down with the management and speak about what they noticed during the inspection,” Twumasi said.
In response, Baah Nuako objected to the claim of the NSA boss and further explained that his board have no agreement with the NSA.
“I think we need to correct certain impressions. CAF has never written to the National Sports Authority. They don’t deal with the National Sports Authority, so it’s not correct what CAF wrote to the NSA. They wrote to the GFA. I’m the chairman of the club licensing board so whenever CAF writes on issues relating to club licensing, the FA will forward it to me
“The point is that the National Sports Authority has not applied for a license before the Club Licensing Board. It is Accra Hearts of Oak and those who use the venue have applied for a license from the club licensing board. When they come, one of the things they have to prove is that they have the permission of the owner of the venue. So in this case, we don’t even want to know who owns the venue.
“And in doing so, they are telling us they have the permission to use the venue. Whose responsibility is it to communicate to National Sports Authority? Is it the club licensing board? Do we have a contract with the National Sports Authority? Has the National Sports Authority requested for a license? No.
“The inspection is between the club licensing board and the license applicant. Not the venue owner,” Baah Nuako explained in an interview.
Pending a re – inspection to ascertain the status of recommendations, the club licensing board have conditionally rejected the match venues of 15 Ghana Premier League clubs.
Re-inspection is set to take place on the 18 of October.
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