Internationally-connected George Afriyie is currently on one of his influential business trips ahead of the 2019 Ghana Football Association Presidential elections on Friday.

The accomplished administrator and well-connected businessman arrived in Turkey on Sunday morning and has already held crucial business dinner with his partners.

Afriyie, a CAF AFCON Organising Committee member, is thick with influential business connections across the globe.

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With string-pulling connections in Japan, Arabian peninsula and Europe as well as the Americas the former Ghana FA VEEP is set to turn the face of football in the West African country when he gets the nod on October 25th.

One hundred and twenty delegates of the Ghana FA go to the polls later this month to elect a new President of the Executive Council.

Many influential Ghanaian football politicians, ex-players and administrators have tipped Afriyie to claim the seat with most describing him as the best man to lead football restoration in the country which has won the African Cup of Nations four time.

FIFA World Cup legendary coach Bora Milutinovic, who is the only coach in the World Cup history to qualify five different countries to five consecutive tournaments, has expressed backing for the renowned administrator and accomplished businessman.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Switzerland international Ramon Zega as well as top Croatian football scientist Josip Zbiljski have all backed him to become the next Ghana FA President.

Former SL Benfica and Sochaux winger Ishmael Yartey, former Asante Kotoko defender Aziz Ansah and striker Ernest Papa Arko are all footballers who have endorsed the candidature of Afriyie.

The former Chairman of the Ghana FA Juvenile Committee launched his Presidential manifesto earlier this month in Sunyani – the Capital of the Bono region, where he pledged to revive and restore colts football with his promise of One Player One Ball.

Afriyie has become everybody’s favourite to win the race with elections watchers predicting a landslide one touch victory for the Liberty Professionals director who doubles as the bankroller of Division One League side Okyeman Planners.

1993 FIFA U17 World Cup Japan star Takakiyu Yoshida is among global icon and influential football personalities who have endorsed him.

Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko and Medeama have all publicly expressed their support for him to become the next GFA President.

By El Akyereko

Follow the writer on Twitter: @Akwasiakyereko

Ghana Sports Online


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