The Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association, Henry Asante Twum has revealed the reason behind the absence of Kurt E.S. Okraku during the funeral of the 7 juvenile footballers who perished in an accident at Offinso.
The seven boys, namely, Ofori Amanfo Ramsey, Alex Agyemang, Antwi Richmond, Abdulai Jamal, Hubert Anaba, Boakye Samuel and Kwame Opoku were on their way from a juvenile screening exercise at a registration center at Afrancho, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The young footballers between the ages of 12 and 15, who played for a Colts club Africa Vision Football Academy, died after the minibus they were traveling in crashed into the Offin River.
The Ghana FA president Kurt Okraku was missing in action raising several eyebrows, although some top executives of the country’s football governing body were present.
Explaining the reason for GFA President’s absence, Henry Asante Twum revealed that Kurt Okraku had equally other football related engagements to deal with.
“What happened was that the president had some football related engagements yesterday which required his presence,” Henry Asante told Silver 98.3 FM in Kumasi.
“As we speak he has another engagement with the Ghana Tourism Authority related to launching an initiative for Ghana Football.
“So yesterday’s meetings coupled with today’s two events he has to attend to is reason he couldn’t attend the funeral (at Offinso). This is why he made his vice stand in for him,” Asante concluded.
The Ghana FA have already pledged to donate one month’s financial entitlement of all executive council members to support the bereaved families as well as the other accident victims.