1993 FIFA U17 World Cup Japan star-man Takayuki Yoshida has expressed massive backing for George Afriyie to become the next Ghana FA President.
The 42-year-old, who faced the likes of the legendary Samuel Osei Kuffour and Ali Jarra, has risen through the ranks to become a director and a former manager of Japanese side Vissel Kobe.
During the Japan 93 World Cup which Ghana won silver the then young George Afriyie dedicated himself to the Ghana team serving as a porter for the contingent and rewarding the team following their sterling display.
Yoshida and George Afriyie’s path crossed in the areas of development grassroots and infrastructure as well as women’s football.
Yoshida has waded into the electioneering conversation and has pledged his support for the former Ghana FA Veep to win the race.
“To everyone who sees this video, I’m Yasumoto, president of INAC Kobe.
I am Yoshida, former director of VISSEL Kobe.
This time, GEORGE has stood for as president of the Ghana Football Association, and we are supporting him from far away JAPAN .
And, we would like to deepen football exchanges between GHANA and JAPAN with GEORGE who loves Japan. Let’s support him together. Goodluck. GEORGE Ganbatte ne!”
One hundred and twenty delegates of the football association in the West African nation goes to the polls on October 25th with George Afriyie widely tipped to win by a landslide margin.
The ex-Ghana FA Veep has an array of business connections and influencers to turn round the fortunes of football for the good in the country.
Renowned global football personalities who have endorsed the candidature of George Afriyie includes former Tottenham Hotspur and Swiss international Ramon Vega and FIFA World Cup legendary coach Bora Milutinovic who has achieved five consecutive qualifications for five different countries at the world cup.
By El Akyereko
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