President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Edwin-Simeon Okraku is contesting for a slot on the Executive Committee of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), the continent’s football governing body has confirmed.
In a publication on January 7, 2021, CAF confirmed that the industrious Ghana FA President is one of 13 people who will be contesting to be part of the 21-member CAF Executive Committee in the election slated for March 12, 2021.
The 49 year old Okraku submitted his nomination form before the 12th November, 2020 deadline for the reception of candidatures ahead of the CAF General Elective Assembly on March 12, 2021.
There are 15 Executive Committee slots available to be filled at the next CAF elections next year.
Below is the list of candidates who have been authorized to participate in the election of members of the Executive Committee:
- Wadie Jary (Tunisia)
- Mustapha Ishola Raji (Liberia)
- Djibrilla Hima Hamidou (Niger)
- Edwin Simeon- Okraku (Ghana)
- Adoum Djibrine (Chad)
- Suleiman Waberi (Djibouti)
- Isayas Jira (Ethiopia)
- Feizal Ismael Sidat (Mozambique)
- Elvis Raja Chetty (Seychelles)
- Maclean Cortez Letshwithi (Botswana)
- Kanizat Ibrahim (Comoros)
- Patricia Rajeriarison (Madagascar)
- Lawson Hogban-Latré-Kayti Edzona (Togo)
Okraku, is expected to face stiff competition from Niger’s FA President, Hamidou Djibrilla, the man who replaced former Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi as both WAFU Zone B President and a CAF Executive Committee Member.
The 2021 CAF elections could signal changes in the top hierarchy of CAF’s decision-making body following the 5-year ban handed to CAF President by FIFA Ahmad Ahmad for breaches of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
In the mean-time Senegal FA President Augustine Senghor and former Ivory Coast FA President Jacques Anouma have been cleared to contest for the position of FA President to replace Dr. Ahmad.
Mauritania FA President and businessman Ahed Yahya has been declared ineligible to contest in the Presidential race.
Current CAF Executive committee members:
The CAF President: Constant Omari (Acting)
Members: Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia), Musa Bility (Liberia), Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia), Camara (Guinea), Rui Eduardo Costa (Angola), Adoum Djibrine (Chad), Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone), Danny Jordaan (South Africa), Amaju Pinnick (Nigeria), Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania), Suleiman Hassan Waberi (Djibouti), Djibrilla Hima Hamidou (Niger).
Co-opted members: Yahya (Mauritania), Magogo (Uganda)