POLICE Inspector Joe Debrah has been elected the new Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) at the association’s congress in Obuasi.
In an election that was decided at a round off, Inspector Debrah polled 73 votes to beat Mr E.K. Asante, a former regional chairman who had 52 votes.
The two were among four people who contested in the first round of voting. The rest were Mr G.K. Zorve, the Kumasi District Chairman of RAG, and the incumbent, Mr Atta Baffour.
Inspector Debrah who is a retired class one referee has been a member of RAG for 19 years.
For the vice-chairmanship position, the incumbent, Mr Alhassan Brobbey retained his position.
Other elected officers were Mr Osei Nsiah, secretary, Mr Ali Musa Plato, assistant secretary, Mr G.K. Manu, instructor, Mr Tabi Amponsah, deputy instructor, and Mr Agyenim Boateng, treasurer.
Apart from Mr Zorve and Mr Plato, all the elected officers are retired referees.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Inspector Debrah said he would work hard to justify the confidence reposed in him.
He noted the crucial role referees play in ensuring fairness in the game of football and said he would work with the other executive members to bring sanity into football development in the region.