Tema Youth President, Wilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer has debunked widespread claims that the Government of Ghana was behind his disqualification during the 2019 Ghana Football Association presidential election.
According to the astute football administrator, “a person very active in football administration altered a report” and cooked something out of it to achieve his target.
He also exonerated the then Normalization Committee of any blame, insisting some ‘football people’ orchestrated his disqualification from the race.
It would be recalled that, in October last year, the Vetting Committee chaired by Frank Davis disqualified Palmer – who was among the favourites – from contesting in the GFA presidential election. Their report asserted that Palmer had breached the association’s financial regulations for failing to pay a 10% mandatory fee over the transfer of Joseph Paintsil from Tema Youth to Genk in Belgium.
Palmer, who felt was unfairly disqualified sent the issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sports(CAS) to seek for justice.
However, a few days to the release of the verdict on the case, Palmer has revealed that some people within the football fraternity plotted his disqualification and not the government.
“My disqualification was an agenda that was deliberately championed by ‘some football people’ and not the government,” Osei Palmer told Angel FM.
“My disqualification from the GFA presidential election was a grand scheme to take me out. I know those who wrote the report to disqualify me. It was not from any member of the Normalisation Committee.
“A very active respectable person in the football fraternity altered the document.”
Kurt ES Okraku subsequently won the race to become the GFA president.
CAS is expected to release the judgment on the case by September 1 – the same date the GFA has scheduled to hold its 26th Ordinary Congress.