The immediate past Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Worlany Agra, has said that the Authority needs a dynamic and very knowledgeable personality to steer it through the serious challenges confronting it and Ghana sports in general.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with DAILY GUIDE SPORTS yesterday, Mr. Agra, who retired as the boss of the NSA last year, said it would be suicidal to appoint just anybody to succeed him to that very sensitive position, given the intricate nuances involved in administering sports in this modern world.
He stated that of all the names being bandied around as possible successors, he would endorse Lawyer Sarfo Abebrese, the President of the Coalition of Supporters Unions of Africa (COSUA), as the best person to take over from him.
‘I have known Sarfo since his student days in Legon in the mid-eighties, and I am not surprised that his exceptional dedication to Ghana sports. Currently he is the leader of Africa’s biggest supporters group with 45 countries, and working with the A.U. to use sports to build African Unity’, he noted.
Mr. Agra indicated that if he had the kind of legal training and exposure Mr. Abebrese had, he would have been much more successful during his tenure at the NSA.
”A lot of the time, I had to struggle to seek legal advice from several sources to navigate through the intricate legal and international discourses,’ he said, adding that with his position as an Attorney and Counsellor-At-Law of the New York Supreme Court in the USA, Mr. Abebrese would be an indispensable asset to the administration of Ghana sports in a way none of the others would.
Mr. Agra noted that he became aware of Mr. Abebrese’s current influence in the world of sports through his work with CAF and the manner in which Mr Abebrese’s COSUA successfully rallied the entire African continent to give the Black Stars massive African support during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, a feat for which the ”Exceptional People” magazine in Washington, USA, named Mr. Abebrese as its exceptional man of the month of April 2011.
When the DAILY GUIDE SPORTS contacted Mr. Abebrese for his comments on this endorsement, he declined to make any remarks, saying, ‘The appointment to that position is solely the prerogative of His Excellency the President, in consultation with the Council of State.’
DAILY GUIDE SPORTS gathered that the names of Acting Director General of the NSA, Mrs Alice Attipoe and former Adenta MP, Kojo Adu Asare are among those that have come up alongside Mr Abebrese, as possible successors of Mr. Agra.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum