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    Officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) led by the Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Jordan Anagbla have locked up all the offices of the FA in protest of the action taken by the officials of Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).

    The action by the GFA is likely to thwart premier league and division one matches scheduled for this weekend. According to Umar Farouk Atipaga the FA officials have declared that there will be no football in Ghana unless normalcy is restored.

    Some officials suspected to be operatives of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) formerly known as SFO earlier on stormed the premises of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) restricting movement of officials and staff at the premises.

    It is believed that the swoop by officials of EOCO is in connection with sponsorship money for the Black Stars at the World Cup. Recent controversies about the activities of the GFA especially in respect to the $15 Million Glo sponsorship of the Ghana Premier league has led to calls for the nationís football governing body to be probed.

    In September 2010, the SFO made a request for the President of GFA to appear before it in connection with the Glo sponsorship of the Premier League but the GFA President declined stating that the SFO had no legal mandate to probe him .

    According to Citi Sports reporter, Umar Farouk Atipaga, the officials seized nine (9) computers and other equipment in the various offices for further investigations. He added that documents relating to sponsorship deals for the Black Stars have also been confiscated by the officials.

    Mobile phones belonging to staff of the FA which were seized by the EOCO operatives were returned to them after strict scrutiny .

    Umar Farouk Atipaga added that the EOCO operatives are yet to brief the media on their reason for the swoop. Spokesperson for the Ghana Football Association, Randy Abbey described the situation as an "unfortunate development".

    Speaking to Citi News, Randy Abbey said staff and officials of the GFA were caught unaware by the action of EOCO who invaded the premises.

    Source: Citifmoline and Myjoyonline
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