On Friday 25th October, 2019, Mr. Kurt Okraku beat six other candidates to win the much coveted GFA presidency. His journey to the seat however, has been nothing short of interesting.
Kurt Okraku ,full name being Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku is a 48-year old football administrator who has been an ever present name in Ghana football in the last decade.
Kurt’s first experience with football was in 1988, where as a 17 year old, he set up a colts football team, known as Shooting Stars FC, in Achimota, a suburb of Accra.
His early experience at this level would later serve as the foundation for a long journey that has taken him to the highest seat in Ghana football.
He then moved on to become Chairman of Jawara Babies, one of the most famous colts football clubs in Ghana.
His journey in colts football took him to Afienya, a suburb of Tema. He served as communication director of Afienya United FC.
He then gained admission to the University of Ghana where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997.
At the University, Kurt was one of the first ever student
volunteers as a Sports Presenter/Producer at campus-based Radio Universe.
This experience with Journalism led Kurt to enroll at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, where he obtained a diploma in Journalism.
Kurt didn’t stop there as he furthered his studies by getting 3 more certificates from the Emile Woods College in London(1) and 2 from Manchester , UK.
In 2005, He got an MBA in Football management at the University of Liverpool, UK. At Liverpool, Kurt enrolled with some other students who are currently in high places in football in their respective countries.
He then went back to Manchester in 2006,where he got a degree in Hospitality and Tourism from the Manchester Trinity College, UK.
He returned to Ghana in 2006,where he served in a marketing capacity at the veteran club, Accra Hearts of Oak.
A year later, he was appointed the general secretary of the Ghana league clubs association, GHALCA. 2 years later he quit his job at GHALCA.
He also served as the general manager for Wassaman United for a year. In 2011, Kurt took over at Dreams FC, a club he set up 2 years prior, as the executive Chairman. He has since been at post as CEO of the club.
Kurt’s first experience with the GFA was 2015, when he was elected onto the then executive committee.
At the FA, he has served in many positions but he is well known for his time with the FA Cup Committee where he received much plaudits and accolades for a brilliantly organised FA Cup. He also served on the Local Black Stars Management Committee.
After a year of Normalisation, Kurt ES Okraku has been elected by 120 delegates as the man to lead Ghana football for the next 4 years.
He comes with a huge amount of experience and qualification as he is on the quest to move Ghana football to its deserved place amongst the best on the continent.