The Ghana Football Association has told President of the defunct Normalisation Committee, Dr Kofi Amoah to facilitate the return of the $100,000 payment he made to a lawyer who he claims masterminded the payment of a $1m debt owed the football association by telecommunication giants Globacom.
Dr Amoah’s integrity has been a subject of debate after news broke that Globacom has paid $1 million to the astute businessman to be paid to the GFA, and yet the association only received 900,000.
Even more curious is the fact that although Dr Amoah claims to have paid for the services of a lawyer for $100,000, lawyer Thaddeus Sory who was appointed by the GFA about three years ago to negotiate the GFA’s position in the arbitration with Glo and successfully reached the agreement has not been paid.
According to a report by Finder Sports, the GFA is not averse to paying the lawyer or legal firm in question the said amount, provided there is documentation to back the transaction.
The report further states that hierarchy of the GFA believes the full amount that Globacom paid to the association must reflect in the FA’s accounts after which the law firm or lawyer who worked on the arbitration settlement can officially write to the FA to be paid for the service rendered.
It can be recalled that in December 2008, Globacom Ghana secured a five-year deal to be the headline sponsor of the Ghana Premier League.
The contract was due to expire at the end of the 2013/ 2014 league season.
However, Glo failed to meet sponsorship obligations to the Ghana FA which led to the termination of the contract leaving telecom company with outstanding debts to the Ghana FA.
Following the arbitration and agreement, GLO made a first payment of $500,000 to the GFA in 2018 with an agreement to pay the subsequent $1m which was delivered this week.