Herbert Mensah – I have never believed in the integrity of FIFA
Sports enthusiast and former C. E.O of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mr. Herbert Mensah says he has never believed in the integrity of world football’s governing body -Fifa-, adding that “the credibility of world football is at its lowest point”.
“I have seen over years different scandals and they are swept underground within the context of the structure, the constitution and the integrity of Fifa but clearly over the last month or so, we have now seen that the integrity of Fifa is something that is at its lowest ebb.”
Mr. Mensah who was speaking on Xfm’s “Big Bite” morning show said, the controversies of world cup bids with reference to the situation involving Qatar and recent confirmations from some Fifa executives only goes to buttress his stand that world football’s governing body has lost its credibility.
He said the manner in which Fifa has been established makes it difficult for any form of external interventions citing instances where Fifa has meted out strict disciplinary actions to countries whose governments have interfered in the running of their football federations.
Asking what the future was for football, Mr. Mensah believed it was not in confidence that the current crop of executives in Fifa could take football beyond the limits it currently was.
Speaking on the relegation of King Faisal and Real Tamale United from the premier league, Mr. Herbert Mensah said it was a terrible situation which he had seen coming.
He opined that there has been a change of order where the “not so big” clubs have won the league while the “big teams” struggled, adding that “the older established clubs have got to understand that football has changed.”
Story by Vincent Baffour Acheampong/ Xfm 95.1/ Accra/ Ghana