Mark Addo
Mark Addo

Government-backed Mark Addo has been touted as the favourite to be elected as the vice-president of Ghana Football Association today (Tuesday).

Addo, who is reported to be receiving backing from the ruling New Patriotic Party, is believed to be odds-on favourite to land the role.

However, the glaring influence of government may hit a brick wall as the Executive Council votes to elect the second-in command.

Ghana FA boss Kurt Okraku insists he’s ‘neutral’ and has no favourites amid reports he’s under-pressure from government to lobby to get the businessman elected.

The race appears quite widened with three front-runner Toni Aubynn, Ransford Abbey and Mark Addo in the battle to deputize Kurt Okraku.

The race for the second man in Ghanaian football is tricky as the 11 voters have closely guarded the candidates they would vote for despite heavy predictions by the media.

The event was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday but an Exco member’s important engagement abroad has forced the body to change the date.

This is Executive Council (ExCo)’s first major task since they took charge last week after the Presidential election.

Unlike in the previous administration where the president had the powers to appoint a vice, the new GFA statutes make it the responsibility of the ExCo to elect one of its members to that position.

Among the front-runners are corporate executive, Dr. Toni Aubynn, experienced Exco member Randy Abbey with the dark horse being businessman Mark Addo who has surprised pundits in the recent Division One Election.

Kotoko CEO George Amoako has also come up as one of the dark horses, however talented AshantiGold CEO, Frederick Acheampong, has declined to contest for the position, just like manager of Asamoah Gyan, Samuel Anim Addo who took a last minute decision.

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