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2020 NPP Primaries – A gloomy day for most sporting activities sector pals


Partisan politics is a melting pot for persons of varied backgrounds and qualified experience. It is the circumstance that specialist bodies and teams bask in and share in the satisfaction and joy when a member or colleague is appointed or elected to political office environment.

For occasion, the users of the Ghana Bar Affiliation (GBA) maintain in fantastic delight, the appointment of their member Hon. Joe Ghartey as Minister of Railways. Identical applies to Journalists, a person of whom was elected Ghana FA President – Kurt Okraku.

This phenomenon of politicians staying sports activities stakeholders is not new in the earth. Most likely the largest illustration to date is ex-Liberia Captain George Weah who is now President of his nation.

Former Italian Primary Minister Silvio Berlusconi owned AC Milan from 1986 to 2017. An additional is the proprietor of African football giants TP Mazembe, Mois Katumbi Chapwe, the businessman and politician, who was the Governor of the Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2007 to 2015.   

So the sporting activities fraternity in Ghana seemed forward to good news in the ruling New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primaries at the weekend but sadly most of the individuals ended up unsuccessful.

Hon OB. Amoah – Deputy Minister, MP and former Deputy Minister of Activity

He was the only dazzling spot during the polls, as he retained his Akuapem South seat after topping with 266 votes although his closest rival Kwame Ofori-Gyau polled 93 votes, with Eric Annor-Mensah trailing with 74.

OB Amoah

His resume now displays focused solutions in the fifth, sixth and seventh parliaments of Ghana’s fourth republic. The College of Ghana-educated lawyer served as Deputy Minister in cost of the sports activities sector, in between 2005 and 2009. This was in the course of a interval when the ministry was an umbrella entire body for the schooling, youth and sporting activities sectors.

He labored correctly with his sector ministers Yaw Osafo Marfo and Papa Owusu Ankomah to collaborate with the Ghana FA for the Black Stars’ first qualification to the FIFA Globe Cup in 2006.

He is remembered for his role in overseeing infrastructure establishment and updates for the execution of the Ghana 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, which has been rated as a person of the most successful in the tournament’s heritage. In simple fact, the Chief Operating Officer, Rex Danquah, had to briefly check with for the future edition in Angola.

Hon OB Amoah’s authorized qualifications has occur in handy in his get the job done as a member of the Pick out Committee for Youth Sports activities and Society. Above the several years a whole lot of do the job has been done with the formulation of policy for the sector primarily a law. 

Hon. Kwadwo Baah – Marketer/ Nationwide Sports activities Authority Chairman

The Board Chairman of the Nationwide Sports activities Authority (NSA), had his intended return to parliament strike with controversy from the start out. He had to be cleared by the party’s electoral system for what was termed ‘disrespect’ to the delegates. With that hurdle crossed, he ventured into whole marketing campaign manner. On the weekend of the elections on the other hand, he took a final decision to pull out of the race for the reason that in excess of what he termed some irregularities.

Kwadwo Baah Agyemang

Some 140 delegates experienced their names expunged from the sign up and as a outcome, sought to area an injunction on the process. Even so, that was not helpful as the election came off with no hitches in the Asante Akyem North Constituency. The incumbent, Andy Appiah Kubi won with 501 votes even though Hon. Baah secured a person vote.

Hon Kwadwo Baah because leaving parliament in 2016 has been energetic in the sports activities sector and by means of non-public initiative set up 1 of the greatest marathon occasions in the state.

He set collectively the closely-publicized Asante Akyem Marathon which has now become a significant function on the countrywide sporting calendar with the winner earning a ticket to participate in the Dubai Marathon. The event is a big intervention which has experienced important implications for regional tourism in the constituency.

Included to the Marathon, he has made other competitive platforms in other sporting disciplines in the constituency which could raise expertise discovery amongst the youth of the space. Hon. Kwadwo Baah who was when a marketer at the Multimedia Group will go on to serve as Board Chair for the Sports Authority.

Vincent Sowah Odotei – Tech Businessman/ Football Administrator

He served as CEO of Accra Hearts of Oak for two many years and moved on to politics in 2016, when he managed to defeat then incumbent Nii Amassah Namoale the identical year to represent the people today of the La Dadekotopon Constituency in Parliament.

Vincent Sowah Odotei

In advance of that he had contested towards former Ghana FA President Kwasi Nyatakyi in the soccer body’s elections and was unsuccessful in unseating him. Prior to outdooring himself in partisan politics, he utilised his business Valex Lease Equip to sponsor athletics competitions, particularly volleyball and also founded a soccer team.

The decline in the constituency primaries, arrived about two months immediately after President Akufo-Addo terminated his appointment as Deputy Minister for Communications.

The former board Member of Accra Hearts of Oak experienced 376 votes, which had been inadequate in the bid to protected one more ticket to guide the celebration in his constituency a next time. Joseph Geral Tetteh Nanyofio’s 543 votes proved the road block.

Kojo Frempong – Consultant/former Broadcaster Sport

He was a delight to check out and pay attention to through his days as a sporting activities broadcaster on tv and radio. He was the host of the Pleasure Sports Middle on Joy FM on weekdays and Athletics Station on Television3 on Monday evenings.

For the duration of the period of time, he also set up and printed the weekly All Sports activities newspaper, which generally strike the newsstands biweekly. His vitality, verve and depth and fascinating persona generally drew his viewers and listeners close. Although doing all these, he also labored on numerous sporting activities and non-athletics promoting communications strategies for some major models.

His model getting a multi-faceted just one, also aided him host programmes of diverse genres like way of living (Boys Boys on Viasat 1 Tv set) and present-day affairs (Ghana tonight on Tv set Africa, where by he also served as Main Operating Officer).

Kojo Frempong

Many years on, Kojo Frempong explored his range in resources and pursued a Master’s Programme in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of government at Havard University. This was after serving as a consultant to the Minister for Organization Development, Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal.

This remaining his very first try at the primaries Kojo Frempong was reasonably spectacular with a complete of 148 votes which landed him in third place driving Albert Ameyaw (167 votes) and the incumbent Prof Gyan Baffour who pulled 172 votes.

Hon. Alex Agyekum – Chairman Parliamentary Committee for Youth Sports and Culture

He dropped as an incumbent and will round up his support as Chairman of the Committee for Youth, Athletics and Tradition Committee in advance of the December 2020 normal elections. He sat at the helm of essential plan choices as the legislative stage for the sporting activities sector given that starting his do the job in January 2017.

His leadership was essential all through the crisis time period in Ghana soccer adhering to revelations made in Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s Quantity 12 documentary. His committee was crucial in liaising concerning the FA’S agent at the time coach Oti Akenten and the govt until finally the Dr Kofi Amoah-led Normalization Committee was fashioned by FIFA to oversee football administration.

Hon. Alex Agyekum

In new instances, Hon. Agyekum has been performing a ton of advocacy for the athletics sector to be included in the stimulus offers announced by the governing administration to cushion various sectors of the financial system from the ripple consequences of COVID 19.

The outgoing MP for the Mpohor Constituency also formerly urged soccer golf equipment to take pay out cuts as an inside evaluate to maintain them afloat whilst they look forward to aid from the federal government.

Hon Agyekum, a products of the University of Cape Coast, polled 100 votes when John Kobina Amoah Sannie polled 192 votes to decide the Mpohor slot to depict the bash in Ghana’s common elections.

It may perhaps be early times nonetheless to figure out what the following move will be for each and every of these sporting activities sector stakeholders on the political entrance, but a person can only want them properly.


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