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I'm cautiously optimistic for Ghana Football - Kweku Baako

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
 Kweku Baako
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Managing Editor of the News Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako says he cautiously optimistic for Ghana Football after the election of a new Ghana Football Association, GFA President yesterday.

According to Kweku Baako, lessons from the Number 12 expose should help put people on alert and also make them more ethical in how they handle football issues.

Speaking on NewsFile on Joy FM, Kweku Baako said, "I will suggest that I'm cautiously optimistic, we are all human beings and we challenges but I think the lessons that we have learnt post number 12 could also help to get people on the alert and more ethical in how they handle football issues, so I'm ready to invest in that cautious optimism and hope sincerely that we move forward and depart from the past.."

He further advised the newly elected GFA president Kurt Okraku to form a more effective and efficient team to help him achieve his goals for the GFA.

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"..The GFA secretariat his administrative wing he must make sure is made up of very effective and efficient officers regardless of their pass affiliations."

New GFA President 

Kurk Okraku was yesterday elected the President of Ghana Football Association for the next four years.

The Dreams FC owner succeeds former capo Kwesi Nyantakyi who was banned from all football-related activities following the airing of Anas expose documentary titled "Number 12".

It is the first time in over 13 years that the GFA have had a President other than Kwesi Nyantakyi.

After the first round of voting, Kurt Okraku secured 44, George Afriyie 40, Fred Pappoe 6, Nana Yaw Amponsah 27, Amanda Clinton and George Ankomah Mensah had 0 each.

With no candidates getting the 50% plus one vote it forced for a runoff.

Following the rerun, Kurt Okraku pulled 59 votes, George Afriyie and Nana Yaw Amponsah had 43 and 16 votes respectively.

This forced elections into the third round.

George conceded defeat midway into the third run of voting.

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However, the voting went ahead with Mr Kurt Okraku as the sole candidate which saw him secure 93 votes to emerge as the winner of the elections.

He will serve an initial four-year term with an additional four-year term if re-elected into office.

Under the new GFA statues, a President can occupy the position for only a 2-term of office of 4 years of which he cannot compete again.

With the election of the new leader, it brings the work of the interim body, the Normalisation Committee to an end who have been in office for over a year.