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Clinton: I’m ready to assist Kurt Okraku

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The only female candidate in the recently held Ghana Football Association (GFA) presidential elections, Amanda Clinton has expressed willingness in supporting Kurt Okraku to succeed in his position as GFA President. 

“To me, the defeat isn’t a loss. The elections gave me the platform to establish myself. I decided to run three weeks before the opening of nominations. Reaching some of the delegates outside Accra was difficult for me. My whole campaign was about service to leadership and sacrifice. I spent under $5,000 on the elections including my filing fee,” she told 3FM. 

Dreams FC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kurt Okraku, was elected the new President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in Friday’s elections.

Mr Okraku fills the spot vacated by former GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned in 2018 following the exposé by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Okraku led the way after the first round of voting and was a vote away from becoming the new President of the Association after the second round.

He polled 59 votes representing 50% of votes cast with candidates needing at least 60 votes to win. George Afriyie, who polled 40 votes in the first round improved to 43 votes but was still well behind Kurt Okraku.

Nana Yaw Amponsah saw his tally slashed from 27 in the first round to 16 in the second.

However, as delegates were voting in the third round, George Afriyie conceded, saying he was “a unifier and a team player who works for football.”

In the third round, Okraku was endorsed by 93 delegates. Kurt Okraku thus becomes the 7th GFA President since 1992 and the 24th in the Association’s history.

Amanda Clinton and George Ankomah both dropped out in the first round with 0 votes. Fred Pappoe also opted to pull out after polling six votes.

The previous day, 10 of 11 Executive Council members were also elected, including Gyan’s own manager, Sammy Anim Addo.

Kurt Okraku has also received congratulatory messages from the president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, Parliament’s Minority and football’s world governing body, FIFA.

He will now serve a maximum of two four-year terms in office following the adoption of the new statutes GFA at September’s Extraordinary Congress.

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