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“Nothing has changed,” Palmer fires at new GFA order

Owner of Tema Youth FC, Wilfred Kwaku Osei ‘Palmer’ has strongly opined that there has not been any improvement in the affairs of Ghana football under new President Kurt E.S Okraku.

Palmer – who was disqualified from contesting the GFA presidential election which saw Okraku come into office in October 2019 – says nothing has changed under the new administration six months on.

In an interview with Asempa FM Thursday, Osei Palmer suggested that the Okraku-led administration could have taken time to reached out to corporate bodies with the GFA’s reforms activities in a bid to redeem the federation’s image and court support before taking off.

“It’s quite unfortunate that I’m saying this but I’m blunt; nothing has changed. We would have wished for more reforms to take place?, ” Palmer said in what he termed a ‘peer review’ of the new GFA administration.

He continued: “After the last Congress, I asked myself if we have any monumental reforms even on paper that something is about to change? There was nothing to that effect.

“If we don’t sit up and change things, many people who have invested so much money in football would give up.

“Take it from me: by the time the league was being put on hold [due to COVID-19], a colleague told me he was ready to sell his club because he couldn’t sustain it anymore…

“One of the clubs approached a wealthy man to come on board as an investor but he flatly turned them down. This is because there are a lot of people who invested into football but as it is now, most of them have lost their fortunes… if this continues for a long time, people would give in.

“Have we given corporate Ghana any reason why they should come and invest in our football? It is a no.

” No corporate institution is a father Christmas. The institution will make sure that every penny it gives is guilty utilized.

“When the league was about to start, we had a position which was that it saw about too early for us to take off because we had just come out of normalization.  So why don’t we take our time to engage various stakeholders, repackage ourselves as football people and go to corporate Ghana with whatever program or activities we had?

“If we had activated the right approach, we would have met corporate Ghana as top Chief Executives to position ourselves for them to have a different impression about Ghana football and as to why we need a certain portion of their CSR funds to sponsor our clubs,” he pointed out.




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