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GFA Elections: Kurt Okraku must be retained for stability – FIFA/CAF member

Giving Kurt Okraku another term in office will be a fair ground to judge him as FA boss

A Safety and Security Officer with the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Nick Owusu has implored delegates of the Ghana Football Association to maintain Kurt E.S Okraku as its president.

According to the him, the latter deserves a second term for the next four years to continue his unfinished business since assuming post as GFA president.

Mr. Okraku whose four years mandate expires at the end of 2023 was elected as GFA boss in 2019 after the reign of the interim Normalization Committee headed by Dr. Kofi Amoah following FIFA’s ban of then GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi for his involvement in an alleged corruption and corruption related activities.

However, the former FA Cup chairman has come under intense criticism by some session of Ghanaians and football people of his performance and suggested he is voted out in the next GFA election slated for 2024.

Mr. Owusu who shared his views on the forthcoming election said the incumbent president must be maintained for stability to take it course in the country’s footballing administration and football at large.

He justifies that once Mr. Okraku is given another term in officer, then Ghanaians will have a fair ground to judge him if he fails to execute his core mandates as expected of him.

“President Kurt Okraku he should be maintained as the FA president for stability, for us to be able to see some of the fruits of his undertaking policies and for those who are critical of him to have a better basis to judge him as one may say in his first term, he lost two years to Covid-19, so he only uses two years to work.

So therefore, when given another four years and one criticize him, the person knows that, morally, he or she has all the basis to do that,” Nick Owusu said on Angel Floodlight sports.

He added that all vibrant FA bosses across the globe who are one way or the other hailed for their outstanding performances have been at post for at least not less than a decade.

“I keep saying that all the FA’s who are very proactive and outstanding in which we keep praising, none of them had reign not less than 10 years, its time, and they need time to perform,” he told Saddick Adams.

Some of the achievements under the current GFA administration headed by Kurt Okraku is the Ghana Football School, the Catch Them Young Refereeing Policy, the GFA Foundation and to mentioned few.

George Afriyie, a former vice president of the Ghana Football Association under the erstwhile Kwesi Nyantakyi administration and a former RFA boss of the Western Region Kojo Nyanka have all declared their presidential ambitions.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that Nana Jantuah, a member of the Berekum Chelsea’s leadership is expected to announced his intention to contest the honourable position.

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