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‘If Kurt Okraku provides buses, I will supply aeroplanes’ – George Afriyie exclaims



'If Kurt Okraku provides buses, I will supply aeroplanes' - George Afriyie exclaims

Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) Vice President George Afriyie has raised scepticism about the effort launched by GFA President Kurt Okraku to supply 30 buses for the football ecosystem.

Okraku remarked during the GFA’s 29th convention in Kumasi that the GFA intends to invest in the game by purchasing 30 new buses. He stated that Division One and women’s club teams would be among those that will benefit.

“We plan to invest $30 million in the Ghana football ecosystem.” This technique will benefit division one teams as well as women’s club teams; this is a game changer.” He stated.

However, George Afriyie, who has stated his desire to run against Kurt Okraku in the next GFA presidential elections, feels the statement was only a ploy to attract support.

In a news conference following the congress, Afriyie emphasised the lack of a roadmap for the investment’s execution and the deployment of the promised buses.

He called the statement “empty promises” meant to rally support for the next elections. Afriyie remarked sarcastically that if Okraku is going to supply buses, he should also consider giving aeroplanes.

He criticised the ambiguous guarantee that buses would be provided, without stating who would get them or how they would be procured. He saw these utterances as meaningless campaign pledges, equating them to stating he would give away aeroplanes. Promises, he believes, should be accompanied by a precise strategy or action, rather than being generic and vague.

“Which of his previous promises has he kept?” he inquired. “When you make vague promises about providing buses. We don’t know who and who will be given it, or how they will get it; he has stated it since it is election season, and then I will hand out planes (Aeroplanes) if that is how it should be described. These are speculative promises. Promises must be backed up with a strategy or action plan, and they must be detailed,” Afriyie said.

Afriyie’s comments indicate his scepticism regarding Okraku’s initiative’s viability and sincerity, emphasising the necessity for a specific plan and execution strategy rather than mere campaign promises.

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Asante Kotoko terminates Fatawu Safiu’s contract due to medical failure




Asante Kotoko SC has officially terminated Abdul Fatawu Safiu's contract due to medical reasons.

A club statement by Asante Kotoko on Monday evening indicates that Abdul Fatawu Safiu’s contract has been terminated due to medical reasons.

According to the Kumasi-based royal club, the former Al-Sinaa SC striker failed a mandatory medical assessment test as required by the Ghana Football Association, following the announcement of his signing on the registration deadline day.

The returnee striker who joined Kotoko from Eleven Wonders in November 2018, ahead of the 2018–19 CAF Confederation Cup campaign has been duly informed about the health-related issues which could rule him out for a long period.

Below is a full statement by Asante Kotoko

Asante Kotoko can confirm that it has relieved forward, Abdul Fatawu Safiu due to medical reasons.

Asante Kotoko entered into an employment contract with the player in order to meet registration deadlines as announced by the Ghana Football Association, and had to ensure that the player undergoes the pre-competition medical assessment which is the basic and compulsory requirement by the GFA.

This medical assessment was duly done awaiting further tests. The further assessment by the club’s medical team revealed other health related issues which could rule him out for a long period. The club, after being informed about the situation, concluded that continuing an employment contract with the player would not be of full benefit to both parties – the club and the player. Details of the specific medical condition have been clearly communicated to the player.

It is imperative to note that the GFA has rejected his registration, so keeping him would not be in the best interest of the club and the player, hence the decision to end the relationship.

The club wishes Abdul Fatawu Safiu the very best for the future and wish to assure him that he forever remains one of us, and he is welcome to serve in any capacity in the future.



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Abdul Fatawu returns to Asante Kotoko on a two-year contract




The forward stated on the club's website: "I am very excited about this opportunity," he stated with a laugh. "Everyone knows Kotoko is my favourite club, and as a kid, it was my dream to play for Kotoko and achieve that."

Abdul Fatawu Safiu has signed a deal with Kotoko until January 2026.

The NC’s special competition’s best player and top scorer in 2019 returns after spells with Trelleborgs FF and FC Trollhättan in Sweden.

Safiu made his debut for the Kumasi-based royal club in the 2018-2019 season, scoring thirteen goals in sixteen games, including some amazing strikes in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The return of the forward is part of Coach Prosper Narteh’s goal of returning to the CAF Champions League.

The forward stated on the club’s website:

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” he stated.

“Everyone knows Kotoko is my favourite club, and as a kid, it was my dream to play for Kotoko and achieve that.”

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Asante Kotoko announce signing of Emmanuel Kotei on a three-year deal




"Kotoko is every player's dream, and mine has finally come true." "Having the opportunity to wear our colours means everything to me as a local boy." He informed the club's journalists.

Asante Kotoko have announced the acquisition of right-back Emmanuel Kotei on a three-year contract from Nsoatreman FC.

The 26-year-old brings Premier League experience from his time with Tamale City.

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The offensive full-back demonstrated his skill and promise while playing for Nsoatreman and Tamale City, appearing in 47 games for both teams since the start of the 2022/23 season.

Kotei, who has been on the club’s scouting team’s radar, is our first addition of the second transfer window.

During his unveiling, the Kumasi native couldn’t contain his joy.

“Kotoko is every player’s dream, and mine has finally come true.” “Having the opportunity to wear our colours means everything to me as a local boy.” He informed the club’s journalists.

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