The chairman of the Premier League Board (PLB), Mr Abrah- Appiah has decided to quit because he needs enough time to serve his God.
Having served in his position for an enviable 10 year period, Abra-Appiah says he took the difficult decision just before the curtain was drawn on the challenging 2014/2015 First Capital Premier League season, but changed his mind.
“The most important aspect of my decision to quit is to allow me enough time to serve my God. You know, I’m a very good Christian and I need adequate time to do the work of God.”
In previous times, the one-time banker was prevailed upon to change his mind after publicly declaring his intention to quit. This time around, he insists his decision is irreversible.
Ghana’s top-flight league went through various transformations, under his tenure including changing the GFA sub-committee’s name from the Professional League Board to Premier League Board to reflect the true status of the elite league.
The affable man thinks it is time to leave the scene when the cheers are loudest and offer a much younger person an opportunity to bring on board new ideas to improve Ghana football.
In an interview he granted Graphic Sports, he mentioned the need to give way to a younger person and also highlighted on the need to bring in innovations to keep up with the pace of modern day football development.
“I’ve been the chairman of this enviable position for the past 10 years. However, I think it is time to give way for someone with fresh ideas to take over from me. There are a lot of innovations in modern football which cannot be found in any textbook. With the knowhow of the current youth and the urge to be at certain positions we need to give them the opportunity to exhibit what they also have to offer. He said.
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“I’ve been working with somebody on the PLB for the past three years. Sometimes I just leave him to assume certain responsibilities and also intentionally ask him to chair meetings of the PLB to see how he would fare. This person has the capability to take up that position without any doubt whatsoever when I leave the scene” said the PLB boss.
When asked who the person was, he mentioned Ashford Tettey-Oku who is his lieutenant currently.
“Ashford Tettey-Oku. He is very capable, but it is up to the Executive Committee to decide who should take over from me. But I will plead with them that if they want continuity and efficiency then Ashford is the right man for the job” he answered.
The PLB has made some modest gains in the past few years which include a website and also an email address which help with the update of historical information. They also have an annual awards scheme which did not exist before and has brought out a lot of good in terms of awarding excellence among players, club officials, match officials and some stakeholders.
According to Abbrah-Appiah, within this period, the PLB also got live TV coverage of league matches with DSTV an endeavour they started with METRO TV.
The body also categorized its matches into A, B, and C to take care of security; a development which have so far helped curb hooliganism. He also hinted of a current experimenting advance ticketing system at Cape Coast, especially where Dwarfs are based.