“We are going through the process of using VAR in our leagues but….” – GFA boss, Kurt Okraku

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is in discussion with FIFA to introduce Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the various Ghana leagues, the FA President, Kurt Okraku has confirmed.

VAR, a match official in association football who reviews decisions made by the referee is currently used in most countries around the World, including in some African countries.

In an interview with veteran sports journalist, Karl Tufffour on GTV Sports plus, the Ghana FA President divulged that his outfit is currently in discussion with FIFA to introduce the technology that aims at eradicating result changing errors made by center referees and linesmen in football games.

“We are going through the process of using the VAR in our leagues. Our referees manager Alex Kotey has been at the forefront dealing with FIFA and we are exploring the possibility of using the technology.

“But what is true also is that it’s too expensive,” the Ghana FA President noted.

When quizzed how much it’ll cost, Kurt Okraku hinted that it’ll cost thousands of dollars and the FA will need investors to ensure that the implementation is successful.

In April last year, the Ghana FA announced that FIFA has approved a project team, which is the second key step in the implementation process of the VAR.

The Project Team was made up of referees manager Alex Kotey, Prosper Harrison-Addo, Eyram Dzikonu, Henry Asante Twum, Sena Akoto-Ampaw, Julius Enumah, Jamil Maraby and three CAF instructors.

The FA aimed at implementing the technology at the start of the 2022/23 football season. However with the latest revelation, it remains unclear whether that will materialize.

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