Nobody imposes players on coaches – Kurt Okraku

In 2021, the President of Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku trashed claims that he imposed players on head coach of the Black Stars during selection of players.

A section of Ghanaians have been accusing the GFA president of the abysmal performance of the Black Stars for the past few years and their early exit from the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

Ghanaians believe Kurt Okraku influences player selection in the Black Stars and forces coaches to invite his players.

But in April 2021, the experienced football administrator denied the rumours, saying “Nobody imposes players on Charles Akonnor”, the then head coach of Black Stars.

Okraku explained that; “Call-ups for all national teams go through processes and these people [Ghanaians] must understand. Gone were those days where one person will wake up one day and there is a call-up. It will never happen again.

“The coach and his team will work with the technical directorate to pick up a squad and if they are convinced about the squad, they need to convince the management of the team about the squad.

“Finally, there will always be a meeting, some I may attend or any other I pick to attend, and when there is a consensus the squad is announced by the head trainer. This is a system that is administered everywhere in the world.”

He, however, added that; “If a coach wants a player, the player comes”.