Ms. Amanda Akuoko Clinton will focus on her private practice after her bid to become the Ghana Football Association (GFA) president fell short last month, YEN.com.gh can report.
The prolific lawyer had joined the GFA president race in the hope that her wealth of experience in international law practice and business consulting will help to redeem the image of a football association that is considered corrupt by many Ghanaians.
Ms Clinton, who counts among her strengths "the ability to interact and coordinate with a variety of stakeholders and manage simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment", had also hoped to provide dynamic leadership that would repair the corporate image of the GFA.
These objectives, however, failed to materialise after the election, which saw Kurt Okraku get the mandate to lead the association.
Since then, many of Ms Cliton's supporters have called on her to still contribute to the growth of Ghana football in a different capacity. They have also been unsubstantiated reports that the lawyer is lobbying to be named GFA general secretary.
The newly-elected GFA president, Okraku, acknowledged in an interview with TV3 that Ms Clinton's experience and expertise would be beneficial to the GFA and pledged to offer her a role in his administration.
But YEN.com.gh understands that Okraku has yet to reach out to Ms Clinton and that even the lawyer would not respond favourably to such a request.
In an interview with YEN.com.gh on Friday, November 8, 2019, Ms Clinton denied reports that she was angling to be named general secretary of the GFA.
Ms Clinton, who was was called to the Bar in England and Wales 13 years ago and Ghana 10 years ago, laid out a different vision for the future - one that will see her commit her time and expertise fully to her private practice.
Explaining why she had lost interest in helping to manage Ghana football, the lawyer reiterated her earlier remark that the Ghanian football community was currently "not willing to accept an outsider, let alone a qualified and skilled professional" to manage its affairs.
"So I'm taking the results [ of the election ] to mean a focus on private practice, lucrative deals, and working behind the scenes with clubs is better."
Ms Clinton added that she had two legal and communication assignments in Geneva, Switzerland, that would take up most of her time, making her unavailable to sit on committees or even lobby for a GFA post.
She added that she had also accepted a contract in London that would have her travelling back and forth to Accra a lot more often than she did in the last year.
The lawyer emphasised that her firm, Clinton Consultancy, may work with the GFA, if the need arose in the near future, "on strategic projects for maximum sponsorship, communication, and legal impact".
"For now, however, my focus on commercial practice and this new contract in London," she said.
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