Pappoe: I'll rebrand Ghana football

Author: Ebo Kwaitoo
Fred Pappoe
Fred Pappoe

A Ghana Football Association (GFA) presidential hopeful, Fred Pappoe, has vowed to rebrand football in the country by eradicating corruption in his administration.

Pappoe, a director of Accra Great Olympics, explained that the new leadership of the GFA must focus on helping the association regain its credible image in order to boost investor confidence.

That, he said, would be his major objective should the delegates vote for him as president of the association on October 25 during congress.

Pappoe, who is known in football circles as Papsay, is contesting the GFA presidential slot alongside Wilfred Kweku Osei (Palmer), Kurt Okraku, George Afriyie, Amanda Clinton, Nana Yaw Amponsah and George Ankamah Mensah.

The race to elect a successor to replace Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned in the wake of an investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which allegedly unveiled acts of corruption in the game, remains tough as Pappoe, Okraku, Palmer and Afriyie are all in a better position to win the race depending on the delegates.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, the former GFA vice-president said his major policy as leader of the association would be to restore the image of Ghana football through rebranding.

He reiterated his desire to involve the private sector in order to provide infrastructure that would help develop football from the juvenile level.

“It is important to take the branding of Ghana football seriously after its image was dented by the Anas exposé and that is my topmost priority if I get the nod to lead the association.

“We need to get the confidence of the private sector and that can only be done by making the GFA credible again in the eyes of the public and I’m focused on doing that through the eradication of corruption in our game,” Pappoe told the paper.

Kurt Okraku, Wilfred Palmer and George Afriyie have been tipped to be the most popular candidates among the delegates but Pappoe believes he stands tall when it comes to personality and experience in football administration.

He refused to accept the assertion that his other three candidates were ahead of him in terms of popularity among the delegates.
When asked if that scares him ahead of the elections, he said he was in a better position to win on October 25 since the delegates would vote based on who they felt could bring back hope in the administration of the sport.

“I don’t think any of my aspirants is ahead of me in terms of popularity among the delegates because it’s just a perception they are creating in the public domain.

“When you look at personality and experience, I stand tall among my opponents and I know the delegates are going to vote for someone they believe can bring back hope in the adjudication of the sport,” he confidently explained.