The IT Department of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been hailed by FIFA and Presidents of African Football Federations for its leadership on the Competitions Management System (CMS) provided by the world governing body.
This happened during a meeting between FIFA and African FA Presidents last week via video conferencing which discussed, among others, the effects of COVID-19 and ways to collaborate to find a lasting solution to the associated problems and updates on improvements made to the CMS.
FIFA heaped praises on the GFA IT Department headed by Francis Adu Essah for the use of the CMS and the provision of valuable information to FIFA to enable improvements to be made to the system.
This System has been in operation since 2017 and Ghana was one of the first Associations to introduce it on the African continent.
A statement from the GFA Communications Division noted that some Associations in Africa were yet to put themselves in a technical position to use the FIFA system.
“The leadership role being played by GFA was particularly applauded by the President of Nigeria Football Federation for the warm reception and knowledge share accorded his official when he came to Ghana on a learning visit earlier this year.
“It is worthy of note that other Federations like Cameroon, Namibia, Gambia and Djibouti have all directly sought technical support on the player registration system and the management of the CMS from the GFA,” it added.
The CMS is a cutting-edge modernised software that is used to manage all aspects of any competition format, saving valuable time and resources and enabling them to take control of their data.
The CMS has helped to dispose of inefficient, paper-based systems in return for advanced software that will enable Federations to easily create competitions, fixtures, post-game match officials' reports and much more.
Mr Francis Adu Essah is assisted by Joel Ahadzie and Caroline Anyanful, with support from all the other staff of the GFA.