GFA Boss Kurt Okraku needs a push and not a pull

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It’s eight months since Mr. Kurt Okraku was elected as new president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The new administration has so far done fairly okay, with Kurt Okraku aiming at restoring or bringing back the love Ghanaians have for the beautiful game of football, a mission that has been hindered by the novel coronavirus as football in the country is at a standstill.

The new GFA President has recently been castigated by some top football administrators in the country, with many claiming he is not fit for the job and has so far done nothing.

A statement I’m sure anyone who has been following Ghana football over the past 6 months will disagree with.

Kurt Okraku might not be spot on with all of his decisions and it is okay for people to question some of the things he does, but it is ludicrous for anyone to say he has so far done nothing to improve Ghana football.

Throwback to his heartwarming speech on the day he was elected as new GFA President, “It is time for us to let go all our bad feelings, it is time for us to forget the struggles and the fights and look into the future with hope, to build a new Ghana football that will be amazing.”

Those were the words of an imperfect man who has vision and the ambition to make Ghana football great again. But just sadly, his words are being disregarded. He’s facing what he didn’t call for.

As Dalai Lama said: Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.     

If indeed those who criticize him sternly say they want the best for Ghana football, then this is the time to put all differences from the past aside and rally behind him, this is the time he needs to be pushed and not pulled.

Although I believe criticism is a way of communicating our genuine grievances, and also believe criticism will shape him and make him improve, but those criticism needs to be constructive and not destructive or damning.

8 months is never enough to judge an administration that would last 4 years in office. An administration that took over a substandard football system, one which was completely crippled by the Anas exposé and needs to be rebuilt or ameliorated. The new GFA administration needs time and support to implement it ideas.

I believe it is everyone’s dream to see Ghana win major trophies and play at the World Cup again. I believe it is everyone’s dream to see the Ghana premier league become relevant again and to see clubs from Ghana dominate Africa again, but this isn’t a one man’s job to make a reality.

I beg on all football administrators, stakeholders and all media personnel in this country to help make these dreams a reality. For Ghana football can’t be rebuilt without their help or support.

Everyone they say needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home. Let’s build a home and not a house. Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Let’s be an ocean and not a drop. Let’s come together and rebuild Ghana football. Long live Ghana football!!!

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