GFA Elections: Nana Yaw Amponsah Confident Of Victory
Division One League club Phar Rangers Chief Executive Officer Nana Yaw Amponsah is confident of becoming president of the Ghana Football Association.
The former football agent is among seven individuals who have filed to contest election scheduled for October 25.
According to him, he is the best candidate to steer the affairs of the local football governing body for the next four years.
He believes he is the overwhelming favourite heading into the election.
“My biggest headache is myself because I believe I am leading the pack, I believe I’ve demonstrated enough ability. I’ve demonstrated enough vision and commitment to that vision,” he said on Joy News programme Pulse, Wednesday.
Of the seven candidates, only Dreams FC owner, Kurt Okraku has officially launched his manifesto. Joy Sports can confirm some candidates including George Afriyie and Osei Kweku Palmer are planning on doing same soon.
But Amponsah has revealed he unveiled his manifesto two years ago when he declared his intentions to lead the GFA. For him, he is surprised his competitors are following suit after criticising him back then.
“I was expecting, you know when I launched my manifesto as far back as 2017, many of today’s aspirants said that we don’t run Ghana football with manifestoes.
I am moving a notch higher to start implementing at least 10% of my manifesto. I believe that is not just about manifestoes, is about commitment to the vision that you have so I am my own threat if I continue to do what I am doing,” he said.
Amponsah also questioned the competence of candidates who served under erstwhile administration. Four candidates George Afriyie, Kurt Okraku, Fred Pappoe and Osei Palmer all held powerful positions when Kwesi Nyantakyi was president.
“I don’t see anybody surpassing me. The bottom line is that many of my competitors have been with the old administration for 13 years and I would have expected that they will be campaigning on their achievements and not promises but at the moment, they are campaigning on promises, what they will do when they come to power,” he said.
"Some of them have tasted power. Some of them have had the chance to be Vice Presidents; some of them have had the chance to be Black Stars management committee chairmen, some of them have had the chance to work with grassroots, work on boots and books. They should be accoutering for their stewardship and not making further promises.”
The candidates are set to appear before GFA elections vetting committee between September 26 and October 4.