President of the Ghana Football Association [GFA], Kurt E.S Okraku has held a special zoom meeting with the newly-constituted Match Review Panel.
The purpose of the President’s engagement which took place on Wednesday, June 3, was to rub elbows with the members and also letting them know why the committee was set up in the first place, as well as the expectations of the GFA from the Dr. Francis Eyiah Bediako led review panel.
“You would realize that, until very recent times, the FA didn’t have this committee in place.
“In fact, since we took over on October 25, 2019, the Council decided against the formation of this Committee due to some bad feedbacks that we received from members of the football fraternity.
“However, following a series of engagements with all stakeholders, the Council made a U-turn and had a lengthy discussion with the Referees Committee, for which reason a decision was taken for us to bring back the Match Review Panel,” President Okraku told members of the Committee.
According to Mr. Okraku, the Executive Council are very much convinced that the match review panel have what it takes to help safeguard the sanctity of the game:
“In deciding on the composition, the Council was very careful on who we selected to be part of this three-man Committee.
“In the end, we believe that we have three noble people of the highest order, three people whose integrity is never in doubt and three people, we believe, will protect the integrity of our Industry and these three people, we found in Dr. Bediako, Mr. Paul Ayamba and Innocentia Agbavitor, a retired FIFA referee.
“We believe that, in these three, we have a very good team who would review all games as possible, and all incidents as reported by the match reports and recommend actions or otherwise to be taken by the Football Association.
“We believe that this team has a big role to play to ensure that our referees really go by the laws of the game.”
The Chairman of the Match Review Panel, Dr. Eyiah Bediako also assured the GFA President that they are committed to help improve refereeing in Ghana:
“I think this is a special opportunity given to us to work. It is something we love; we thank you very much and we hope to work hard to improve refereeing in Ghana.”
The Match Review Panel is chaired by Dr. Francis Eyiah Bediako, a Mathematics and Statistics Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast and Vice-Chairman of the Central Regional Football Association. Other members include Madam Innnocentia Agbavitor, a retired FIFA Referee and Mr. Paul Ayamba, Chairman of the Match Commissioners Association of Ghana.
The panel has been set up to review incidents picked up by official League footage and make a decision to refer the incident to the tribunal based on the rules of the game as outlined on a report sheet. They shall operate independently of the Referees Committee.