Former Ghana FA Vice President George Afriyie has resigned from longtime role as a director of Ghanaian top-flight side Liberty Professional following his agreement to take over as the CEO of rivals Aduana Stars, Ghanasoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The Presidential candidate in the recent Ghana FA elections has served his notice of his decision to leave the role with the Dansoman-based team because of the decision to move to another club.
Staying on as a director of Liberty Professional would have led to sanctions from the the Licensing Board of the Ghana FA as holding roles in clubs playing in same league raises conflict of interest issues.
With Afriyie taking full charge of Aduana Stars, the regulations wont allow him to combine the two roles which has led to his decision to exit Liberty Professionals.
Afriyie is taking over the club after the King of Dormaa, Osagyefo Agyemang Badu I , agreed to allow the experienced football administrator to take full charge of running the club following weeks of negotiations.
The club is fully funded by the King but following talks to help improve the fortunes of the team with his international connections and more funding for the club Afriyie will be allowed to take over the club.
The former Ghana FA chief will have five years to turnaround the fortunes of the club before the agreement is re-examined and he will not be paid a salary for his role.
He will be unveiled as the new CEO of the club next week at a ceremony to be held in Dormaa Ahenkro where he will be introduced to the public as the new leader of the club.
Afriyie, who recently unsuccessfully tried to become the Ghana FA President at the elections three months ago, will be given the free hands to operate the team with minimal interference from the palace of the King.
However he will consult the King and the palace over every step the club is taking to improve its fortunes and make it a global football house following Aduana Stars' return impressive showing in the top league in Ghana.
Afriyie convinced Osagyefo Agyemang Badu I that he will bring in his contacts from Japan to help financially boost the club and offer modern administration methods which led to him being granted the role.
He takes over Albert Yahya Commey who quit as the CEO of the club even though that Commey had was fully funded and controlled by the King.
This new arrangement ensures that Afriyie has more powers than Commey had as the former Ghana FA chief will be allowed to freely operate the club and recruit his own players without consulting the palace.
This shows that Afriyie will not leave Ghana football anytime soon as he combines managing his own club Okyeman Planner and Aduana Stars.