The Ghana Football Association scored zero on all four main pillars of transparency and accountability in the latest Transparency International report on football associations.
The release of the report is certain to increase public and government pressure on an association that recently been criticized for its lack of transparency in usage of funds received from FIFA,the state as well as its own internally generated funds.
Transparency International measured 209 football associations on the four pillars of financial accounts,existence of code of conduct,annual activity reports and the existence of organizational charters and statutes.
The report also highlights the gross disregard for accountability that has tainted FIFA and its constituents,leading to the arrests,indictments and suspensions of several leading members including president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini.
Highlights of the report include the damning statistic that 81% of FA’s have no financial records publicly available, 21%of FA’ have no websites and 85% of FA’s publish no activity accounts of what they do.
It further expressed it’s disappointment with the response of member associations who were contacted on the findings with only 14 associations responding with an explanation of the circumstances.
Even UEFA,normally regarded as a bastion of best practices in football was caught out as it scored negatively on the public declaration of the use of its funds.
TI worried about the absence of a clear lack of tracking of the money doled out by FIFA.