Former sports journalist Kurt Okraku elected president of Ghana FA

Kurt Okraku was elected the new president of the Ghana Football Association following three rounds of voting in an election in Accra. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ghana FA

Former sports journalist Kurt Okraku was elected as president of the Ghana Football Association following a third round of voting in federation elections in the capital Accra.

Okraku secured 93 votes in the third round easily meeting the threshold of being elected the winner by crossing the 50 plus one mark.

Okraku, 48, was the sole candidate in the third round of voting after his rival, George Afriyie, withdrew from the race and subsequently congratulated Okraku.

Okraku urged stakeholders of Ghanaian football to unite behind his leadership and work towards improving the state of local football.

“It is time for us to ignite passion and create wealth for everybody. It is time for us to work. It is time for us to let go of our feelings. It is time to build a new product for Ghana football which the corporate world, Ghanaians and the world will be proud of,” Okraku said.

Ghanaian President Nana Akuffo-Addo, FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura and footballers Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan were some of the dignitaries to congratulate Okraku following his win.

Okraku said the new era would be anchored on good corporate governance principles such as transparency, accountability, compliance and strict adherence to ethical values.

Okraku replaces Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned and is serving a FIFA life ban following the airing of a documentary last year. The documentary exposed bribery and corruption in the administration of football in Ghana.

Okraku takes over from the Ghana FA Normalization Committee (NC) which was mandated by FIFA to steer the affairs of football in Ghana in the aftermath of the scandal.

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