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Champagne stays on ice for Kurt Okraku's team as CAS fails to deliver verdict

Published on: 05 August 2020

A planned massive jubilation from Kurt Okraku's team was put on hold after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) failed to deliver the much awaited verdict on Tuesday in the case involving Wilfred Kweku Osei "Palmer" and the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Media reports claimed on Tuesday that associates and campaign team members of the current FA boss Kurt Okraku planned a massive jubilation amid a huge expectation that the appellant won't be successful at the global tribunal.

There had been frantic preparation on Tuesday evening with members meeting as a known bar in Accra to celebrate the verdict that they expect to keep Okraku in charge of the federation for the next four years.

But the planned jubilation was put on hold after CAS failed to deliver the verdict for the second time in a month - leaving the drinks, ordered to celebrate the verdict, on ice.

They would seek to celebrate again with the verdict expected in the coming hours.

Palmer is seeking to overturn last years Ghana FA Presidential election after being disqualified.

The global tribunal body confirmed Tuesday August 4 as the date to announce the verdict to bring to an end a 10-month litigation which has far reaching implication for the administration of football in the West African nation.

While several watchers had been keen on the much-awaited verdict, CAS swerved Ghanaians by refusing to release the final judgment on Tuesday after initial postponement from July 17.

These are frenetic times for the followers of both disqualified Osei and current FA boss Kurt Okraku.

Palmer dragged the FA to the apex of world sports court after he was disqualified from contesting the 2019 Presidential election by the Normalisation Committee.

There are two things likely to happen - CAS to throw out the case and allow the status quo to remain or order for a re-run of the election if it was deemed the plaintiff was unfairly disqualified from the race.

CAS will announce the decision whether to uphold Palmer's quest to annul the election and order for fresh polls to decide on a new President for the GFA or allow the status quo to remain.

The situation has put the presidency of Kurt Okraku on the line with wide-reaching implications if Palmer becomes successful.

The ruling from CAS will put to rest months of intense anxiety involving all the principal actors.

An initial ruling on July 17, 2020 was postponed to Tuesday August 4, 2020.


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