Experienced football administrator Kofi Manu says his respect for former Ghana FA Vice President George Afriyie has skyrocketed.
The 64-year-old’s comments after Afriyie issued a statement denying Kurt Okraku’s ‘divisive’ comments on media last week that labelled divergent views as enemies, an attempt to gag plurality of opinions.
Manu believes Afriyie has shown quality leadership and says he, along with many others, have regretted supporting Kurt Okraku to win the GFA seat in October 25.
“So when people decide to give you that support and you treat them like this its problematic. He is aware that he couldn’t have won without us.
I have respected George Afriyie today for the statement he has released. That is the sign of a matured leader. We have all been let down by Kurt Okraku,” he stated.
“Has Kurt Okraku forgotten the skirmishes and the work we put in on the eve of the elections? I always say that we don’t have bad leaders but we have bad advisors. It is an unfortunate statement so the Kurt Okraku I know should come out and apologise to the football fraternity. This is not a partisan political forum.
This is an association. So when members vote for you to become the leader you don’t look at the others candidates as your enemies,” he told Accra-based Asempa FM.
“Kurt should know that he is just a lucky person because at the time we were struggling he was not part of the process. So if he has come and he is enjoying he shouldn’t behave the way he is behaving. It is just unfortunate. Palmer was disqualified.
So all Palmer supporters we had to mobilise and thought that between Kurt and George Kurt would be a better leader based on some utterances of George Afriyie during the campaign time,” he added.
Okraku assumed office as Ghana FA President on November 17, 2019 after emerging winner of the GFA Presidential elections with his closest rival George Afriyie conceding defeat at the end of the second round.