Lucy Quist resigns as Veep of Normalisation Committee

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Lucy Quist has quit the Normalisation Committee on which she served as Vice Chairperson.

The former Airtel CEO said she was leaving for personal reasons in a statement on Facebook.

Lucy Quist expressed her “profound gratitude” to the colleagues she worked with for eight months.

“I pray that all stakeholders will put their differences aside and focus on achieving the greater vision of football that not only produces great players for Ghana but by extension makes a positive impact on our economic fortunes,” she said in the statement.

The Normalisation Committee was set up by FIFA in September 2018 to run Ghana football in an interim capacity to replace the erstwhile Executive Committee of the disgraced Ghana Football Association.

This was after investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ uncovering of corruption in Ghana football which led to former President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, being banned for life from all football-related activities at both national and international level.

The Committee was initially handed a six-month mandate, ending March 31.

But it has still been operating as it has been unable to complete its core duties of reviewing and organizing fresh elections for a new GFA President and Executive Committee while also managing the day-to-day affairs of Ghana football.

Find below her full statement

A time for change!
I would like to express my profound gratitude to my colleagues on the Normalisation Committee, FIFA, the State and people of Ghana for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of the Vice President of the NC for the last 8 months since inauguration in September 2018. For personal reasons, it is now time for me to leave the committee.

The continued transformation of football in Ghana will require the support of everyone passionate about the game. I pray that all stakeholders will put their differences aside and focus on achieving the greater vision of football that not only produces great players for Ghana but by extension makes a positive impact on our economic fortunes.

I am particularly proud of our work in bringing experienced people together in ad hoc committees to redefine our strategies for the national and domestic teams, referees and coaches, technical development, and marketing and sponsorship. Collectively the exercise produced blueprints for change and I commend the various committees for the great work they did.

The women’s special competition filled me with immense pride as I watched Ampem Darkoa Ladies and Hasaacas Ladies play out for the final winner even through torrential rain. They are truly examples of the kind of Ghanaians we need to selflessly move our country forward. Our women’s national team is also currently making us proud in Cote d’Ivoire and I wish them the very best in the current and future competitions.

The men’s special competition is still going on and even though they have proven to be a tougher bunch, I believe there is still opportunity for the tournament to become a basis for future change. We must all want positive change and act on it in harmony.

More importantly, we the NC have done a lot of work on football statutes; joining hands with many bright minds for progress. I have no doubt that the final agreed outcome will create the sort of governance needed to bring progress and ensure the poor governance issues of the past remain in the past.

I have to say a special thank you to the English FA for reaching out and sharing their change journey with us. I know they will continue to work with the NC for the future.

To all my family and friends, the unseen hands and voices that not only continually supported me but also prayed for me, I say thank you!

Source: BnFT