… Government tells GFA boss
By: Kofi O. Aduonum
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss, Kwasi Nyantakyi, has been ordered by the government to step aside for Abedi Pele to contest the executive committee position of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The move from the office of President John Evans Atta Mills is a direct interference in the administration of the sport in the country, which will draw the ire of the Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) and CAF.
This comes just three days after the continent’s governing body approved Nyantakyi’s candidature for the post, which will become vacant in February.
The Minister of Sports, Akua Sena Dansua, under orders from the government, has written to the GFA asking the federation to replace Nyantakyi with Abedi.
The GFA board will meet on Thursday to decide on a response to the government over the nomination of Abedi Pele.
Several African countries have been banned by Fifa because of forced nominations from governments.
Nigeria, Chad, Kenya and Niger were all banned by Fifa, after their governments forced candidates on their federations.
The Ghana Football Association board nominated the affable administrator for the post three months ago. Africa’s governing body endorsed his candidature, hoping his victory could help improve the continent’s game, the way he has positively transformed that of his country.
Nyantakyi has been in charge of the massive successes Ghana football has chalked in recent years, leading the country to its first two World Cups in 2006 and 2010.
He is the first man to have led an Africa country to win the Africa Youth Championship title in Egypt last year, which the Black Satellites annexed.
The Ghana FA boss is said to have garnered massive support from member nations which are seeking young administrators to transform the game, and the image of the confederation.
The recent appointed of 31-year-old Hicham as Secretary General of CAF was to start the process of bringing young administrators, who are burgeoning, into field.
The position he is vying for is a sensitive one, as they plan the future of the game in Africa, and adopt plans of improving financing and sponsorships.
If Nyantakyi is voted to take the position, Ghana will stand to benefit immensely, as the voice of the country will be heard at the highest level. Not only is he the most qualified Ghanaian candidate, but his performance will go a long way to improve African football.