Ghana international Ishmael Yartey has joined the tall list of endorsement from high-profiled football personalities backing George Afriyie to win the Ghana Football Association Presidential election race.

The 29-year-old former Ghana U17 star scored the winning goal to claim qualification ticket for Gamba All Blacks to the Ghana Premier League in 2007 when George Afriyie was the bankroller of the Swedru-based side.

Yartey spent a couple of seasons working under the former Ghana FA Juvenile Committee Chairman at All Blacks while their paths crossed several times as footballer and management leader.

And, the winger who left Ghana to join Benfica’s youth team in Portugal spoke high of the CAF AFCON Organising Committee member.

“He made me play All Blacks. I know him since my teen years and I know that he is someone who is very determined and puts his all when he decides to do something. [He’s got] loads of experience for the job as he already been there and also the passion he has for the game it self,” he told Ghana Sports Online.

Yartey is the latest footballer to endorse the candidacy of Afriyie after former Asante Kotoko and Ghana defender Aziz Ansah who also said the former GFA Vice President will place Ghana football in pole position when he is elected President.

Winger Ishmael Yartey believes George Afriyie is the best to lead Ghana football
Winger Ishmael Yartey believes George Afriyie is the best to lead Ghana football

International sports management professional Philip Lawer Alimo, former Hearts of Oak Managing Director Harry Zakkour as well as former Switzerland international and Tottenham Hotspur player Ramon Vega have all said Afriyie will tremendously improve Ghana football.

Afriyie received the highest number of endorsement among all seven aspirants who have put themselves up for the GFA elections.

ByEl Akyereko

Follow the writer on Twitter: @Akwasiakyereko

Ghana Sports Online


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