We’re sorry – Normalization Committee apologizes for Duah Adonteng’s misconduct

Written by on October 18, 2018

The Normalization Committee has rendered an unqualified apology after one of its members engaged in a verbal altercation with a journalist during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Lawyer Duah Adonteng reacted furiously after freelance journalist, Ekow Asmah questioned why the gathering was asked to welcome the former when he walked in late to the event.

“Did you say we should clap for him, for coming late, or? 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,” said Mr. Asmah.

“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,” he added.

Angered by the comment, Mr. Adonteng replied, “You don’t know what you are talking about… Have you asked me why and how [I was late]? I am not interested in this stupidity”.

Although both parties later apologized for the friction, some are agitated as they have criticized Adonteng for his conduct.

But a statement signed by Vice Chairperson of the committee, Lucy Quist, said it regrets the incident.

“The Normalization Committee unequivocally apologises for the unfortunate incident that occurred at the media interaction on the 17th of October, 2018 at the Alisa Hotel.”

“We believe in treating each other and all stakeholders with respect, this includes respect for each other’s time. We are counting on all stakeholders to work with us to reform the beautiful game of football in Ghana,” the statement said.

Normalization Committee

FIFA named ex-Kotoko Board Member, Kofi Duah Adonteng as one of the members of the Normalization Committee in September.

The Committee is chaired by Dr. Kofi Amoah, and Former Airtel CEO Lucy Quist and Naa Odofoley Nortey, a board member of the Attorney General department completing the list of members.

The Committee replaced the Ghana Football Association’s Executive Committee and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the GFA.

The Normalization Committee, according to FIFA should not exceed the end of March 2019.

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