George Afriyie still disqualified from contesting GFA presidential election; appeal dismissed

Published on: 18 September 2023

Experienced football administrator, George Afriyie will not have the chance to contest the upcoming presidential election of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The former GFA Vice President was disqualified earlier this month by the Elections Committee for failing to meet the criteria outlined in Article 13(2)(j) of the Ghana Football Association statutes, 2019, and for not garnering the required support from fellow GFA members for his candidacy.

Last week, he successfully filed an appeal to get back in contention to contest the GFA presidential election.

After assessing the appeal, the Election Committee has dismissed it.

“We wish to state that this provision is not applicable to the facts of this case. A review of the Checklist for 2023 GFA elections shows that Mr. George Kwasi Afriyie submitted all documents in support of his application. It is not the case that a police clearance certificate or passport picture had not been included which would have warranted the application of Article 8(3) of the Election Regulations.

“The invalidity of any document submitted cannot be cured by reference to Article 8(3) of the Elections Regulations. Indeed, if Mr. George Kwasi Afriyie had submitted an invalid Tax Clearance certificate or an invalid Police Clearance certificate, it would have made his nomination invalid. Mr. George Kwasi Afriyie's nomination was supported by only four members of the GFA and therefore his nomination is not valid. In the circumstances, we shall dismiss the appeal,” parts of the decision taken by the committee said.

It is unclear what will be the next line of action of George Afriyie.