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Sports News of Thursday, 28 May 2020

Source: Ghana Soccernet

George Afriyie denies GFA appointment on Division One Advisory Board

Former Vice President of the Ghana Football Association, George Afriyie has vehemently denied reports that he has been appointed by President Kurt Okraku to serve on the Advisory Board of Division One.

But the Planners Athletic owner disclosed he was nominated by members of Division One to represent them on the Advisory Board.

Setting the records straight, the former FA President candidate revealed his continuous support for Ghana football.

Below is a letter from George Afriyie:

Dear colleagues in football,

I trust we are all staying safe and continue to adhere to the safety protocols as we collectively seek to win over the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have received a lot of calls and messages in the last couple of hours and have read various media publications on a purported appointment by GFA President Kurt Okraku to serve on a Division One League Advisory Board.

The numerous media reportage and social media circulations only seek to peddle a blatant misrepresentation of the facts.

Let me hasten to put on record that my place on the Division One League Advisory Committee is not on the dint of an invitation from the GFA but rather a nomination by club owners and administrators on the Zone 3 platform who share a common position with me on the subject at hand (18-club Division One League) for which I have strongly kicked against. I also feel compelled as a club owner to get involved in deciding on matters that affect the nucleus of our clubs thus my decision to accept the nomination from club owners and administrators from Zone 3. I believe that we need to come together to review and amend the current statutes as we agreed in principle at the last congress of the Normalisation Committee.

I believe that the future of our football ultimately lies in the choices and decisions we make today. Therefore my position is that there must be a broader engagement and consultation on the subject with the wider football legislature (CONGRESS) because every Premier League club is a potential Division One League club, every Division One League club is a potential Premier League club, or a Division Two club. So concentrating power in the hands of the minority to decide the fate of the majority is not the way to go.

I will continue to serve in various capacities in seeking the greater good of Ghana football.

Let us continue to stay safe, obey the safety protocols and remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.

#yestogether we build

Kindest regards, George Afriyie

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