Sports News of Wed, 8 Aug 201842
Government asked Nyantakyi to contest 2019 GFA election - Abdul Salam
New Edubiase president Abdul Salam Yakubu has launched a blistering attack on the government, accusing the ruling party of a 'stab-back' of former FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.
The outspoken football owner claims the ruling party have sacrificed the former Ghanaian FA leader after backing him to seek re-election.
He says the former FIFA council member was impressed heavily to stay on by the country's cabinet after he publicly declared his intention not to seek for another term in office.
Nyantakyi confirmed in September last year he will not see re-election when his tenure expired next year.
But Nyantakyi has been forced to step down after he was caught taking a 'gift' from a controversial under cover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
His empire has crumbled following a well hatched and calculated ploy which has brought football on its knees in the West African nation.
But New Eedubiase president Abdul Salam Yakubu has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party of 'stabbing' Nyantakyi in the back after urging him to re-election amid promises of funding his campaign.
"This government asked Nyantakyi to go for re-election. He told me and I believe him," he fumed on Accra-based Asempa FM
"They promised to support him financially. He didn't want to go again and wanted to introduce somebody.
"But the cabinet told him to contest again. They were supporting Nyantakyi from day one. They supported when Black Stars bonuses were reduced.
"Ghanaians made so much noise. We are envious people. We sabotaged him and also succeeded in reducing Black Stars bonuses.
"Kwesi is a good friend of the current sports minister. He cant tell me they didn't support him. They have stabbed him in the back."
He was seen apparently accepting a gift of US$65,000 "shopping money" from an undercover reporter. He denies any wrongdoing.
Nyantakyi and other football officials from around the continent were secretly filmed by undercover reporters receiving cash gifts as part of documentary by controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.