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Under-fire Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi receives backing from football chiefs

Published on: 17 July 2014
Dr KK Sarpong

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has received the backing of the country’s football chiefs’ ahead of next year’s congress.

Nyantakyi’s nine-year reign has come under the scrutiny following the Black Stars shambolic performance at the recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The heightened speculation about moves to unseat him was further boosted following an altercation with a top official of the ruling National Democratic Congress Harry Zakkour during a stakeholders meeting to review the country’s poor performance at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil last week.

Zakkour, a former chairman of local giants Hearts of Oak, together with his friend Joseph Ade Coker, Greater Accra chairman of the NDC have vowed to hound Nyantakyi out of office and are deploying several strategies to make him unpopular, according to the Ghanaian media.

The Ghana FA will go to the polls to elect new officers next year but it is widely believed that Nyantakyi will sweep the votes due to his popularity with the delegates, hence the agenda to frustrate him to quit the post.

But the ambitious lawyer has received the backing from chairmen of majority of top Premier League clubs ahead of next year’s delegate congress.

New Edubiase president Abdul Salam Yakubu has offered his unflinching support to the under-fire Ghana FA boss.

“I support Kwesi and I believe we’re in the majority. He has done a lot for Ghana football and deserve a third chance at the presidency,” he  said

“He’s human and so may have made some mistakes but I believe his positives far outweigh his negatives.

“As far as Edubiase is concerned, he has our total support. I have been speaking with lots of people and I get the firm believe that he will record landslide victory.”

King Faisal president Alhaji Karim Gruzah also says the FA capo will get his nod for a third time.

“Nyantakyi has my full support. If I need to advise him, I will do so privately.” he told Accra-based Happy FM on Thursday.

Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama has instituted a Commission of Enquiry to investigate the circumstances that led to the country’s poor showing in the South American country.

Former Ghana FA vice-president Ade Coker and ex-Hearts chairman Harry Zakkour have vowed to kick Nyantakyi out of his office, according to reports in the local media.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kidcarson says:
    July 17, 2014 01:54 pm
    Oo nyantakyi can't u resign honorably and save urself from public ridicule.99 percent of Ghanaians have lost faith n u,u r very unpopular now so plz take a bow
  • AK says:
    July 17, 2014 02:48 pm
    Nyantakyi has been at the helm for 9 years. And in those years, coaches have come and gone, players have come and gone and even Sports Ministers have been changed. THE CONSTANT FACTOR IN GHANA FOOTBALL IN THE LAST 9 YEARS HAS BEEN HE AND HIS ADMINISTRATION. (Lest I forget his ever loyal serial callers and sports commentators/journalists). Sometimes, I feel that the only reason why he kept Kwasi Appiah as Black Stars coach is to dodge the wrath of Ghanaians who would have called for his resignation as well had he sacked Kwasi Appiah. It was an act to perpetuate himself in office. A lot of the moves he has mae in Ghana football over the years has been to extend his stay in power. And he always succeeds! Smart guy! Let's wait and see which other move he has up his sleeves this time round.
  • Rasheed says:
    July 17, 2014 02:56 pm
    Nyantakyie leave oo leave,enough is enough.Ghanaians are tired of you and your corrupt practices.If you don't leave,I will throw blows with you anywhere I meet you.
  • OGYA says:
    July 17, 2014 12:49 pm
    You liars at GSN, show us the votes? you have just two individuals claiming to support him and you come out and lie? We also know of 2 more people that claim to dislike him and would do whatever it took to unseat him. So what is the votes you are talking about in his favor? He will not sweep the votes. As far as we are concerned he is a gonna.
  • Tanko says:
    July 17, 2014 12:29 pm
    If Nyantakyi has some sense of reasoning at all he should step down before the congress. He's played his part and quota in Ghana soccer. However one should should reason with current affairs of any institution in order to make a reasonable decision. With all that Nyantakyi knows as humanbeing, administrator and a lawyer, he should be able to understand that it is time to call it quits and step aside not because he wants it so but because the majority of Ghanaians are dissatisfied with his style especially the last three years. In fact he became power drunk and misuses his authority and no respect for stake holders such as the playing body and even the government. The grudge AA had just before the last nations cup which DEDE was excluded was the makings of Nyantakyi and also the disturbances that arose with regard to Sulley - Armah fist fight was also Nyantakyi's creation. All he can do now at the FA is to start preparing to vacate honorably. Ghanaians are very angry and dissatisfied with him and his cohorts. Why should Sulley Muntari was the only one to be expelled from the camp. Armah should have been expelled too for he lost his stance as an ex co member for fist fighting with a subordinate who showed gross insurbodination. Nyantakyi has failed there too. We can go on and on till next year but the majority of Ghanaians do not want Nyantakyi in that position any longer. Period
  • Costi says:
    July 17, 2014 11:42 am
    Eeeeeeeeeeei gh soccernet. everybody now know where u guz are coming from. Trying to champion ur shambolic agenda of promoting dat idiot nyantakyi man n ur owner, diara. shaaaaaaaam on u all.
  • texas says:
    July 17, 2014 12:08 pm
    OMG....I can't believe this... :( wonder we don't see improvement in our football. Gruzah and co have not brought any improvement what so ever to their own clubs all these year, they can't even pay their players yet they are supporting the same nyantakyi they said some time back that he has nothing for Ghana football all these years.
  • jahson says:
    July 17, 2014 06:50 pm
    abdul salam are only person in ghana? infact u are big foooooool