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Ghana FA boss Nyantakyi wants Nations Cup shifted to June

Ghana FA boss Nyantakyi wants Nations Cup shifted to June

Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi wants the Nations Cup shifted to June in order to have the best players available for the tournament.

European clubs have been agitating for Africa’s flagship competition to be moved from January during which time most of their leagues are grinding to their peak.

These clubs who pay most of the African players mega cash are faced with the prospects of losing these players for up to five weeks to the Nations Cup.

Some unlucky one’s stay even further after picking up injuries while others lose their first team positions on their return.

This has seen these European clubs and their powerful continental body; UEFA, angle for the shift of the time the competition is staged to the summer but CAF is unwilling.

GFA boss Nyantakyi who is a member of CAF’s Executive Committee is however in favour of the shift to ensure the best players from the continent feel free and confident in coming to represent their nations compete at the AFCON.

“During this time (Nations Cup), they  (European clubs) implore a lot of tricks. They sometimes even force players to feign injuries,” Nyantakyi said on Good Evening Ghana.

“They also sometimes because they know the law is not on their side plead with you to allow the players to stay behind to play some important matches.

“But at least the current leadership of CAF is not favorable to the decision to shift the Nations Cup to June.

“Meanwhile this will solve all these problems. I am personally looking forward to the day where this decision will be made.

“Because as a federation president a lot of pressure is brought to bear during this time.”

Michael Essien for instance decided not to join the Black Stars for the 2013 Nations Cup as he aims to knock down a regular spot in the Real Madrid team.

His decision to stay away has somewhat weakened the Ghana team as his experience would have proved invaluably helpful to the Black Stars course.

Many African countries competing at the Nations Cup are also faced with similar challenges.

But CAF remains resolute in its conviction that staging the tournament in January serves Africa’s best interest considering June is usually a rainy season in most African countries.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Al says:

    If it MUST be in Janurary then make the tournament every four years….it can be the same year as the Euros if it MUST be in Janurary…i think that serves for a way better compromise…it’s not rocket science…Quality is better than Quantity.

  2. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    European clubs have been agitating for Africa’s flagship competition to be moved from January during which time most of their leagues are grinding to their peak.

    NO EVERY 2 YRS IS FINE…
    EURO HAS BEEN ADVOCATING FOR AFCON SWITCH FOR A LONG TIME. YOU CANT DICTATE TO THE RICH MAN. THIS IS WHY THE SOUTH AMERICANS HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT AND MADE THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO THE COPA. WAT IS CAF WAITING FOR? FOOLS! NOW, LOOK AT HOW PLAYERS LIKE DEDE AYEW ETC ARE FINDING REASONS TO SKIP THE AFCON.

  3. Boba Fett says:

    but this same tournament used to be held in June. i believe it was shifted to january because it is rainy season in most african countries in june and also african players thought it decreased their chances of going to trials since that is the period for recruitment. anyway it can be shifted back to june if the january didn’t work out.

  4. Yenkasa says:

    The competition was held in January last year in Equitorial Guinea and Gabon and rained so much that most of the matches were played in empty stadium.So the there is no justification that january suit the competition