Sports News of Fri, 7 Apr 201732
No need for me to resign from GFA presidency - Nyantakyi
The president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, says there is no need for him to step down as he intends seeing out the rest of the two years on his third four-year term, despite the new role he is assuming in African and world football.
According to Nyantakyi, the calls for him to resign from his position in Ghana are misplaced or uncalled for and wants his critics or those clamouring for his resignation to see his elevation at Africa and world football as one that will inure to the benefit of Ghana football.
Nyantakyi has been re-elected as an Executive Committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as well as to serve a four-year term on the FIFA Executive Board and is in line to become the next vice president pending approval from the CAF Executive Committee on April 11, following the new president, Ahmad Ahmad’s desire to have him as his right hand man.
However, these new roles seem to have occupied Nyantakyi’s time and space and, thus, have sparked calls for him to give up on the Ghana position.
In an exclusive interview with the Graphic Sports at his private office last week, the FA boss insisted such calls for his resignation were unwarranted as those doing so were ignorant of the law.
“There is no where in the laws of both FIFA and CAF that says that once you assume a position at the international body, you have to relinquish the position at the local level.
“Whatever will be discussed at CAF and FIFA will affect Ghana football .There is a direct link between my position at the GFA and the new roles I am assuming, and that places me in a better position to influence decisions that will inure to the benefit of Ghana football.
“Rather than call for my exit now, those interested in doing so must rather be concerned about a proper succession plan so that my eventual exit will not create a vacuum. Certainly, I will not be a GFA president for life. I will leave at a point and when I do, there must be structures to ensure that whoever takes over is ready.
“ If that is not done and people push for that kind of unplanned exit, you create a chaotic scene that also breeds power struggle and that could be very dangerous,” Nyantakyi, who is serving the second year of his successive third term, explained.