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Football Age: Ghana Card Will End Age-cheating – Dr Bawumia



The Vice President of Ghana, Dr Bawumia has assured Ghanaians age-cheating in football will soon be a thing of the past in the history of Ghana football with the introduction of Ghana card.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said the phenomenon of fake certificates and multiple ages in sports will be curbed when all data of individuals are interlinked.

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According to the National Identification Authority (NIA), more than 14 million Ghanaians have been issued with the Ghana Card.

“Fake birth certificates were a big problem for our country and it made it very difficult for people to trust our documents at embassies and everywhere because people will just go and have fake birth certificates,” Bawumia said, as quoted by Ghanaweb.

“In fact when we went to the birth and death registry, we found three different databases and we had to harmonize the databases.

“Once you have a unique identity you’ll not have fake birth certificates as there will be no football age versus normal age. That business will come to an end.”

He added: “Recently you would know that our women’s team was banned for presenting some overaged players. Hopefully now we are going to strictly require that they bring their Ghana card before they are going to be registered to play.”

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Seven players were dropped from the Black Starlets squad after they failed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test last year.

The Ghana card ensures that the bearer’s bank account, sim card, National Digital Property Address, and other personal details are linked. The players were dropped from camp after their test results came out with grade six.

Meanwhile, in June, FIFA slapped Ghana’s U17 women’s team two-year ban over age cheating following their ultimate World Cup qualifier against Morocco.

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