Ghana football will continue to develop on the right path following the country’s successful participation in a three-day FIFA seminar in South Africa, Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has said.
The seminar, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, ended on Friday with the Ghana Football Association making an important contribution to the discussions.
GFA General Secretary Emmanuel Gyimah and Technical Director Francis Oti Akenteng made a presentation to the participants on how Ghana’s administration of the game has improved while Nyantakyi was at the forefront in the discussion on implementing the modern methods in the game.
“The workshop was a huge success for the development of the game in Africa. For the first time in the history of African football, FIFA and CAF brought together the political, administration and technical actors in the game to look at the way of improving,” Nyantakyi said.
“We have played an important role in the deliberations because of the successes we have achieved on and off the field. Our experiences will help other countries. Most importantly we will also learn from the experiences of the other countries.
“We are coming home with fresh ideas and we will augment what we have done already that has made us successful in the administration of the game in Ghana.”
Other critical issues which were deliberated during the three-day workshop, arranged by FIFA with support from CAF, comprised integrity matters, good governance and transparency.
FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke pledged the organisations commitment to Africa and growing football on the continent.
“All the programmes we will discuss at this seminar, we can guarantee them to you until 2022, and this is both powerful and remarkable,” Valcke said.
“We will make sure that you can improve and develop, that you can professionalize your leagues, that you can develop grassroots football for everyone who wants to play football in Africa.
“We will help you get better, and we want an African team to soon reach the Fifa World Cup final.”