Former Vice Chairman of the Referees Association of Ghana, Volta, John-Listowel Zilevu has been elected Chairman for the next four years.
Zilevu, having worked with outgone Chairman, George Saijah (now RAG Nat. Vice Chairman) for the last four years polled 101 votes, 7 more than his closest contender, Frank Fudzi (94) from the Ketu-Keta district, in a keenly contested election. Simon Doku, the third contender for the High office could only manage 10 votes.
The election of the new officers to steer the affairs of the region with ‘the whistle’ took place at the GNAT Hall, Ho, during their 3rd Quadrennial Congress on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
For the Vice Chairmanship slot, retired FIFA female referee Innocentia Agbavitor, won the hearts of the delegates to beat Lawrence Seyram Addadey, with 133 votes against 72. The Retired referees from the Central zone, exhibited a sign of friendliness when they hugged each other after the results was declared, with the latter congratulating the former.
Seyram Akude had 104 votes to beat Yevoo Yao (94) for the secretary position while the third contestant Wisdom Kumfour polled only 6 votes. Class 1, Central zone Secretary Richard Kumedzro, popularly known as ‘Richoco’, gave incumbent Emmanuella Aglago a good contest in his first attempt, gaining 96 votes. Aglago however retained her position with 108 votes.
Olivia Ayaye, Regional treasurer and Shine Ayitey, Technical Regional Instructor went unopposed. Solomon Mordey maintained his position as the Deputy Technical Regional Instructor with 158 votes. His contender, Selorm Dusu polled 46 in his first attempt.
Premier League referee, Samuel Suka needed 32 more votes (118) than his contender, Richard Tsey(86) for the position of the Regional Fitness Instructor. That of the Deputy had Wisdom Tefe emerging a winner with 142 votes as against Simon Kpewu’s 55.
In his first Address to the delegates, John-Listowel Zilevu who believes the victory is for all gave a March deadline by which all 6 districts must have finished their elections.
“I thank all the referees of Volta Region for coming to throw their support not to any individual but for the promotion of refereeing in the region. The victory for us here is not for anyone as such but for the region. All the good ideas that you have experienced, you can bring it, so that we use to uplift the good name of refereeing in the region. Before I end my speech, I would like to tell all district executives that, they should be able to organize district elections by the end of March, for there is a lot of work to be done and we’re going to start. We are going to work with this watch word; every referee, man or woman should see him or herself as a Soldier.”
Checks by Herosportsgh.com however reveals that the district elections in all 6 zones should be done by the end of February 2018.
Referees, who enforces the rules of football across the World play a major role in the development of the game in Ghana as their decisions (good or bad) decides the outcome of matches.