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2023 GFA Elections: George Afriyie’s appeal drama sparks ‘shameful’ remark from Nyaho-Tamakloe

Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, former Chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has expressed dismay over the reported hindrances faced by George Afriyie in his efforts to file an appeal against his disqualification as a presidential candidate in the upcoming GFA elections.

Last week Wednesday, George Afriyie’s aspiration to challenge the incumbent, Kurt Okraku, in the GFA presidential elections was dealt a significant blow. The GFA Elections Committee’s vetting decision deemed Afriyie ineligible due to discrepancies in the endorsement process by lower-tier side Victory Warriors FC.

According to the committee’s findings, the endorsement submitted by Afriyie was not properly signed by the authorized club signatory, casting doubt on its validity. As a result, Afriyie was left with four endorsements, one short of the required five.

With a three-day window to file an appeal before the September 11 deadline, Afriyie’s legal representatives initiated the process by electronically filing a notice of appeal and appeal on Friday, September 8, 2023. However, when they attempted to submit additional documents at the GFA Secretariat, they were allegedly denied access by security personnel, as claimed by Afriyie.

Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, reacting to these developments, criticized the alleged actions of the current GFA administration as unacceptable. He stressed that if the statutes of the FA permit document amendments, there should be no obstruction in filing appeals.

“I personally don’t support anyone whose document does not fulfill the requirements of the statutes of the FA,” Dr. Tamakloe stated.

“However, if the statutes allow for the amendment of the document, I don’t see why anyone will be frustrated from filing his appeal.”

He further asserted, “So if what happened yesterday is really true, then that is very unfortunate. I don’t think the FA has behaved well.

“The FA is a democratic institution, and such a practice does not augur well for the democratic institution they see themselves to be. That’s a very shameful conduct.”

The 2023 GFA elections are scheduled for September 27, with the pending court verdict on a suspension suit brought by King Faisal FC awaiting resolution. The situation surrounding George Afriyie’s appeal remains a focal point as the election date approaches.

 

 

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