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George Afriyie drags Ghana FA to CAS over disqualification from Presidential elections

George Afriyie is not backing down in the face of his disqualification from the 2023 Ghana Football Association (GFA) Presidential elections.

His legal representative, Richmond Saaka, has confirmed that they are escalating the matter to the highest echelon of sports justice, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The former GFA Vice President, who was disqualified earlier this month for failing to meet specific criteria and garnering the required support from fellow GFA members, sought to overturn the decision through an appeal.

However, the outcome of the appeal, which was revealed recently, upheld his disqualification.

According to Saaka, the GFA’s rules provide for the option to file an appeal if a candidate is dissatisfied with a particular decision.

In this case, they have chosen to pursue their appeal through the Court of Arbitration for Sport or engage the National Independent Arbitration Tribunal.

“I have instructions from the client [George Afriyie], the instructions is based on the advice he has been given and the advice is informed by the very same GFA Statues and regulations,” he told Citi Sports.

“The statues and regulations say that you can file an appeal, if you are not happy with a certain decision and then you can head to the Court of Arbitration for Sports or the National Independent Arbitration Tribunal to deal with (an) appeal that arise.

“So we believe that, per the rules of the GFA, these are available options, we will head to the Court of Arbitration for Sports or engage the National Independent Arbitration Tribunal to help us appeal the decision of the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association, because that is what the statues of the FA provides,”

The Elective Congress is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 5 at the Global Dream Hotel in Tamale.


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