“It is disrespectful to say I influence Black Stars call-up” – GFA boss Kurt Okraku

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President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kurt Okraku has downplayed claims that he has been interfering in Black Stars call-up.

Following Ghana’s disastrous showdown at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, reports of GFA president, Kurt Okraku influencing Black Stars call-up has intensified.

Reacting to the reports, GFA president said: “First of all, It is so disrespectful not only to my leadership but to at least the leadership of the EXCO, which is made up of individuals with independent opinion and also disrespectful to coach Milovan and the rest of the technical team,” Kurt Okraku told Kessben FM in an interview.

“Who belongs to Kurt Okraku, U mean who, Kurt Okraku is an investor in Ghana football. I have football clubs and it’s possible some of my players would be of higher quality and it’s that they have higher quality and attract the attention of any of the technical teams so be it.

“They are all Ghanaians so the fact that Kurt is the FA president should not deprive or deny any player of Dreams FC to be looked at by the National team selectors or to serve their country. It’s unfair, every player who represented Ghana at the AFCON deserved to be there and that is why the coach chose them.

“It’s very unfortunate for people to target a young boy like Philemon Baffour, he plays for Dreams FC and he was one of the players who excelled at the U-20 Afcon and that is why the national team selectors invited him.

“I think people are being unfair to him. The young man is a Ghanaian and he has worked his sort out a club level and deserves to be in the team.” Kurt Okraku added.

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