Certain people in the football fraternity have started pelting the new Ghana Football Association (GFA) president, Mr. Kurt E.S. Okraku, with mud to make him unpopular, barely a week after taking office.
There are attempts to fault the otherwise quiet but firm FA boss on every move that he makes.
In what appears to be brazen game plan, certain elements, including media hirelings, are quick to call out Mr. Okraku without first finding out why certain moves and decisions were taken.
Mr. Okraku was attacked over the decision to travel to Kumasi to watch Asante Kotoko play against San Pedro of Ivory Coast in the Africa Confederation tournament.
He was accused of travelling to Kumasi without members of his Executive Council, but it later turned out the FA boss invited all the Executive Council members, bought plane tickets for those available for the trip and offered them accommodation from his personal resources.
Then there is the well-orchestrated story of the FA president visiting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo without any of the Executive Council members, but rather with members of the campaign team that worked for him to get elected.
Checks have confirmed that the visit was hurriedly arranged by the Minister of Youth and Sports at the behest of President Akufo-Addo to personally know the newly-elected FA Capo.
Be that as it may, The Inquisitor has gathered that the invitation to the Jubilee House was relayed to the members of the Executive Council.
On why Mr. Okraku went to the Presidency with some of his campaign team members, it is emerging that when the sports minister called him, he was on some mission with those persons and had to go with them to enable them to continue from there.
At the Jubilee House those who followed him were not privy to what transpired between the President and the FA boss.
Nana Akufo-Addo is reported to have scheduled another meeting with the FA boss and the entire team responsible for Ghana’s football at a later date by which time the FA would have a vice president too.
Although credible and authentic information on those events involving the FA president is available, those involved in the grubby agenda have decided to twist them to suit their purposes.
The saboteurs are not thinking of the development of football that is virtually in comatose, but rather interested in the failure of the FA president.
Mr. Okraku defeated five other contestants in a keen race to become the FA boss.
The other persons who were in the race included Mr. George Afriyie, Nana Yaw Amponsah, Mr. Fred Pappoe, Mr. George Ankomah Mensah and Madam Amanda Akuokor Clinton.
It was widely expected that after the election of an FA president and the Executive Council members, they would be allowed to focus on how to bring back the game, commonly referred to as ‘passion of the nation,’ to normalcy, but some elements have other plans.
Ghana’s football grounded to a halt after ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ made public his “Number 12” exposure that uncovered some rot on the part of certain people who were at the forefront of football in the country.
FIFA, world football governing body, had to step in to normalize the situation with a Normalization Committee headed by Dr. Kofi Amoah.
The election of Mr. Okraku is a major step towards restoring football back to where it belongs.