Kurt Okraku, new Ghana Football Association president

Executive Director of Dreams Football Club, Kurt E. S. Okraku, has been elected the new president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

He polled 93 votes of the total votes (120) representing 96.9 percent in the 3rd round of the keenly contested elections held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra.

Prior to the elections, his contender, George Akwesi Afriyie conceded defeat for him to be crowned winner.

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Mr Okraku succeeds the longest service GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who had been there since 2005.

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However, he resigned last year after he was implicated in the popular ‘Number 12’ documentary by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

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Mr Okraku, popularly known as the Game Changer, was the first to launch his manifesto and his vision to become the leader of the local football governing body was transparency, accountability and annual audit.

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Per the new rules, he has a four-year mandate to turn around the fortunes of Ghana football.

In the first round, Mr Okraku polled 44 votes, George Afriyie 40 votes, Nana Yaw Amponsah, 27 votes and Fred Pappoe had six votes. 

The other two candidates, Amanda Clinton and George Ankomah Mensah had no vote. 

The second-round contest saw three candidates, Messrs Okraku, Afriyie and Amponsah contesting as Mr Pappoe withdrew and Miss Clinton and Mr Ankomah were knocked out because of their no votes in the first round. 

Mr Okraku won the second round with 59 votes, 16 more than Mr Afriyie. Mr Amponsah finished with the least votes here as he earned 16 votes. 

Thus a third round was required and it was a straight fight between Messrs Okraku and Afriyie as Mr Amponsah dropped out. But Mr Afriyie conceded defeat.

The Dreams FC Executive Chairman becomes the 24th President in GFA’s 62 year history.

Source: Ghana|Adomonline.com|Adwoa Gyasiwaa Agyeman