What happened in Tamale regarding the Ghana Football Association (GFA) election is so familiar as it has happened before in the reign of former President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi. Kurt had no competitor as the flawed electoral system had decisively worked to disqualify his only credible contender, George Afriyie.
The scenarios differ but in all there was no contest. If the retained Kurt Okraku had 90+ percent by an acclamation, that cannot be termed as an election. Listening to the GFA President’s speech after being acclaimed, I found nothing new in his address.
His was a cut-and-paste, weary political rhetoric with no significance. He even contradicted himself when talking about respecting the association’s rules because the group he leads does not respect their own laws. Nevertheless, I must congratulate him and the new Executive Council. To all who lost, I wish you better luck next time.
I was disappointed Elloeny Amande did not win. I was surprised that Nana Oduro Sarfo won. Oduro Sarfo’s public approval rating always seems low for his cheekiness that often get out of order, but he is adored by football people. That affirms the fact that system likes him, and it does not matter if the public is averse to that.
Earlier, I posted that unless something dramatic happened (and I did not expect anything) Kurt would have a second four-year term. I mused about the broken front of the GFA and how he failed to unite them. No doubt Kurt has done something positive. I can elaborate later but then what good is it when the threats to his regime emanate from his divisive leadership?
In his second term, he would be better off uniting the association, watching his utterances, and not deeming critics as enemies. Ghana football needs not only those leading it but everyone who loves the game. Kurt and his team must act in a manner that rallies the public behind them and the domestic leagues for example.
The new Executive Council must not be immersed in Black Stars affairs than the generality of Ghana football because that unfortunately is the public notion. I hope that they take a positive course so that they can build on any successes of Kurt’s first term.
To those who think I am conflicted because I say I would have voted the regime out (if I had the power) yet I talk about their relative positives, please note that I am balanced. My overall interest is not individuals but Ghana football. I hope is that the Kurt Okraku administration gets better for the good of Ghana football.