Randy Abbey: Luka Nicoli’s position at GFA Extraordinary Congress was ‘blackmail’

Owner of Division One League side Kpando Heart of Lions Randy Abbey had opined that the position of the FIFA Representative at the Extraordinary Congress of the GFA – Luka Nicoli – was “like a blackmail.’

Delegates at the Ghana FA extraordinary Congress on Thursday at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra had amended, accepted and adopted the new statutes of the Normalization Committee after a strenuous period.

One of the FIFA Reps at the Congress, Luka Nicoli, had warned the clubs that their insistence of getting some of the proposals of the NC changed will only mean an extension for the interim body.

“The proposed statutes of the Normalization Committee have been accepted by FIFA after going through the appropriate legal bodies and so if you (delegates) want to make changes to them, they will have to go through the proper channels at FIFA since I can’t sit here and accept them,” Luka Nicoli noted.

The comment of Nicoli raised uproar in the hall with many delegates hitting against the call, describing it as an intimidation from FIFA.

But Randy Abbey thinks Nicoli’s position was akin to blackmail.

“It was like we were being threatened. If we do not accept this, then be prepared to have the NC stay on much longer,” he told footballmadeinghana.com in an exclusive interview.

“So it was more of blackmail, sort of,” he added.

“But what he actually meant was that by FIFA’s processes, if you make any material changes to what we have already approved, we’ll have to let the relevant department go through them and ensure that they comply,” Randy noted.

Delegates eventually adopted the new statutes proposed by the NC  after making some amendments to some of the proposals.

The NC, following the acceptance of the statutes, is expected to make public the road map to the elections.

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