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Kurt policies, Palmer thrown out

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Sports News of Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Resource: Jerome Otchere, contributor


GFA President, Kurt E.S OkrakuGFA President, Kurt E.S Okraku

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The verdict by the Courtroom of Arbitration for Athletics (CAS) on the Palmer vs the Ghana Soccer Affiliation (GFA) crawled on to news platforms on Wednesday early morning like a feline returning from a tiresome game.

It was genuinely not as if this feline (CAS verdict) arrived unnoticed. Its presence was in fact recognizable apart from that, the predicted drama was hopelessly absent immediately after digesting the terse articles of the CAS assertion.

It was an anticlimax. Having noticed the conclusion, I say it was substantially ado about almost nothing. “The attractiveness filed on 14 Oct 2019 by Mr Wilfred Kwaku Osei towards the Ghana Soccer Association (GFA) with regard to the conclusions rendered on 4 October 2019, respectively 8 Oct 2019, by the Elections Committee of the Respondent is dismissed.

“The decisions rendered on 4 Oct 2019, respectively 8 October 2019 by the GFA Elections Committee of the Respondent are confirmed. The expenditures of the arbitration, to be determined and served to the Functions by the CAS Court docket Office environment, shall be borne by Mr. Wilfred Kwaku Osei. Each and every Get together shall bear its have prices in link with these arbitration proceedings. All other or even further statements are dismissed”.

The over captures verbatim CAS’s five-issue assertion. You would want to 1st commend Palmer for applying the correct avenue to find redress irrespective of the pressure and division his pursuance of the situation could possibly have triggered. Any attendant damaged romantic relationship should to be mended as together as Palmer remains element of the GFA, who can now continue to keep their aim on offering their mandate with no sensation or sight of uncertain clouds hanging around their legitimacy to steer the affairs of Ghana football.

So, Kurt guidelines as Palmer sulks following being thrown out by CAS. You would want to grant the seeming euphoria in Kurt Okraku and the GFA’s corner. They by natural means have to convey their delight. Some have explained that, we need not personalise the situation. That is excellent information. Regrettably, the issue was personalised at birth as we could not just take out of the equation, the dominant figures like Palmer and Kurt.

Even the Normalisation Committee, particularly Naa Odofoley Nortey, who led the GFA’s demand at CAS was lambasted. Now, she may well not be out there draped in Kente cloth with white powder above her jubilating yet you can barely fault everyone who needs to praise her now. I commend her and the NC since the verdict endorses their work. It is also not out of location for Palmer to make a general public declaration to join forces with the institution to acquire the recreation they all have so considerably financial commitment.

As Kurt Okraku explained at their 26th normal Congress, Ghana soccer is their merchandise it is incumbent on all to develop and defend it. It is alright to admonish the GFA to appear at constructing a far more inclusive and united association for their possess profit. Soccer individuals have to endeavour to actually solidify any gains produced in the last 10 months to give Ghana football a genuinely new picture.


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