The CEO of Bechem United, Kingsley Osei-Bonsu aka Lord Zico, says his club will throw its weight behind George Afriyie during the FA elections because he comes with exceptional leadership qualities and is likely to bring the needed transformation to Ghana football.
He explained that the denigrated image of Ghana football would only be revived if the new leadership had both local and international appeal and could move local football to a different level.
Speaking to the Graphic Sports Online in an interview last Friday, the football administrator said he had already decided on voting for the Phar Rangers’ owner because he possessed those qualities.
Various football administrators have publicly declared their intention to contest the highest position of the local football governing body.
Among them are Fred Pappoe, Kurt Okraku, George Afriyie, Alfred Osei Palmer, Kudjoe Fianoo, Dr Tony Aubynn and Nana Yaw Amponsah who are vying to fill the void of the dismissed President, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
“I already know the candidate I’m going to vote for in the election, and that is George Afriyie. I know he has what it takes to bring the needed change to Ghana football,” he stated.
All the candidates, Zico said, were qualified, but admitted that his preference was Afriyie because he was more qualified than the rest of them.
Zico said the previous administration over-concentrated on Black Stars to the detriment of local football and the other national teams, and believed his candidate would focus on how to revive grassroots football, as well as the local league.
He touted the credentials of his candidate, whom he said came with experience as a football administrator who had vast experience working with the FA and understood the rudiments of football administration in Ghana.
“My candidate has gone through the mill at the FA, understudied past administrators and also understood football on the local terrain,” he said.