The freelance journalist Ekow Asmah queried why the spokesperson of the Normalisation Committee (Dan Kweku Yeboah) had asked the gathering to clap for the legal practitioner (Mr Adonteng) on account of him being a lawyer.
"Let's put our hands together for lawyer Dua Adonteng a member of the committee, he is a legal practitioner so he had to attend some meetings...," Mr Yeboah said.
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"Did you say we should clap for him, for coming late, or?" Mr Asmah queried during the Question and Answer segment of the briefing.
He added: "...I didn't appreciate that we were asked to clap for him since he came very late... About one hour late and the reason I am going on that tangent
"Remember the day, the normalisation committee was outdoored, members of the media were waiting in the sun for about two and a half hours before it started. Punctuality is very important.
"As a member of the Normalisation Committee, I expect that you set a very good example and this is a very bad example... The conduct is not befitting of a member that’s leading the transition to the new FA. I deem that he’s not fit to be on this Commission.”
A furious Mr Adonteng interrupted him, replying: "You don't know what you are talking about... I am not interested in this stupidity".
The conference eventually proceeded after some heated exchanges between Mr Asmah and Mr Adonteng.
The pair later apologised to each other after being advised to do so by the President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana, Mr Kwabena Yeboah.
FIFA Normalisation Committee
Mr Adonteng, a former Managing Director of Ghana Post is a member of the four-member Normalisation Committee appointed by FIFA to manage football in Ghana following a corruption scandal.
The Committee is chaired by Dr. Kofi Amoah, and has former Airtel CEO Lucy Quist as Vice Chairperson and Naa Odofoley Nortey, a board member of the Attorney General department as a member.
The normalisation committee’s mandate includes;
- To run the GFA’s daily affairs and cooperate with the special task force once it has been set up by FIFA, CAF and the Government of Ghana;
- To review the GFA statutes to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and CAF, particularly art. 15 of the FIFA Statutes, and;
- Once the GFA statutes meet the requirements of FIFA and CAF, to organise and conduct elections (from which they are excluded) of a GFA executive committee on the basis of the revised GFA statutes.