Avoid one-man show: Minister advises GFA boss

Author: George Ernest Asare
GFA boss, Kurt Okraku

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, has advised the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku, to avoid a one-man show in his administration and embrace others to help breath much life into Ghana football to make it more attractive and competitive.

“You need to have a new life that embraces purity, unity, trust, integrity and accountability which are key ingredients in promoting football. Football is team work so this is a challenge to you. It should not be a one-man show, so I urge you and your ExCo to ensure that Ghana football takes a new turn for the better,” Mr Asiamah advised.

He said it was equally important for the newly elected president of the FA to work steadfastly with his Executive Council members (ExCO) as a way of creating a unifying force that would accelerate the development of the domestic league.

Mr Asiamah gave the advice on the sidelines of his interaction with the media when he took his turn at the Meet the Press series organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Information in Accra yesterday.

While congratulating Mr Okraku on his election as the new GFA president, Mr Asiamah said it was important for him not to sidestep his ExCO members when dealing with issues that would promote football in Ghana.

Penalty kicks
The minister said it was important for Mr Okraku to initiate programmes that would make Ghana’s league much more attractive and competitive.

He gave an assurance that the National Youth Authority (NYA) was committed to supporting the domestic league when “it kicks off on December 28.”

He said government was also committed to rejuvenating the technical directorate of Ghana football to make it more innovative.

Mr Asiamah expressed concern about the jinx on penalty kicks that had undermined the efforts of the various national football teams to haul medals during international tournaments and stressed that the rejuvenation of the technical teams would motivate them to address that challenge.

“The Technical Directorate of Ghana football is weak, so we need to strengthen it to make it more viable. We will make a comprehensive effort to address the challenges facing them to turn things around,” he assured.