CAS Failed To Announced Verdict On Landmark Case Between Wilfred Kweku Osei And Ghana Football Association

Kurt Okraku and Wilfred Osei

The failure of Court of Arbitration for Sport to deliver a ruling on Wilfred Kwaku Osei’s disqualification on Tuesday, 4 August, 2020 caused intense speculation and tension in the west African country.

Both local and the international media had planned their programmes around the ruling which has far reaching implications for both parties.

These are frenetic times for the followers of both the plaintiff Wilfred Kweku Osei and current FA boss Kurt Okraku, who is seen at this situation as defendant.

The Executive Council members are on the edge of their seat too.

Palmer dragged the GFA to the highest of world sports court after he was disqualified from contesting the 2019 Presidential election by the Normalisation Committee, led by Dr Kofi Amoah.

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.
There are others who believe CAS can also clear him for future elections but will not order fur re-run rather compensation.

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 which many do not think so.

The situation has put the presidency of Kurt Okraku on the line with wide-reaching implications if Palmer becomes successful in this long litigation between the two parties since last year.

If readers could remember Palmer filed stay of execution to allow CAS to hear him even before the election but the apex court for sports dismissed his application.

Just last month if my memory serves me right GFA also petitioned CAS saying the matter before him is been heard already by an appropriate committee by Ghana Football Association so CAS has jurisdiction over the case but CAS did not listen.

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, which has also failed at the time of putting this pieces together.


Source:Ghana/ Nana Prempeh

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