FIFA appoints GFA boss to solve SL crisis

Flashback- Members of the Bombers'squads after a tournament

Flashback- Members of the Bombers’squads after a tournament

FIFA has appointed GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi to lead its delegation to mediate in the football crisis in Sierra Leone that is threatening to cripple the game in the country.

Nyanyakyi will lead the two-man FIFA delegation to meet the President of the West African country as they seek to find a solution to a stubborn impasse.

He will be accompanied by Primio Carvaro – head of FIFA Football Associations and they will meet the country’s federation led by Isha Johansen and the league clubs.

The stand-off has led to a confusion in the status of the league and its matches which is threatening the very foundations of football in Sierra Leone.

This led FIFA to send its delegation of experienced men to find a lasting solution.

Nyantakyi will leave for Sierra Leone today with the hope of finding a solution by Saturday night.

The Ghana FA boss has been landed the latest big FIFA assignment after he led another delegation of the world governing body to broker peace in Kenya football in March.

Previous FIFA-led mediation efforts in Kenya fell apart before Nyantakyi was called to restore unity.

The latest appointment is an endorsement of the Ghana FA president’s work in Kenya.

Nyantakyi, whose stature in the world game will certainly be enhanced if the deal sticks, has vowed to follow up on the issues agreed in order to ensure they are implemented.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have been pouring in for Kwesi Nyantakyi following his re-election as the Ghana FA president with several federations, top football officials and continental broadcaster SuperSport also sending their felicitations.

In his message, CAF President, Issa Hayatou, said Kwesi Nyantakyi’s ‘knowledge, experience and leadership’ will help Ghana football to greater heights after the latter was re-elected as the federation president.

Algeria FA president Mohammed Rouaroua, a powerful man in African football, as well as former FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne have all sent their messages.

The heads of Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Congo Football Federations have saluted the CAF Executive Committee member on his Ghana FA re-election.

Former FIFA Deputy General Secretary, Jerome Champagne praised Nyantakyi for his “brilliant record” and hoped that he will further improve Ghana football.

“With such a brilliant record, 3 WC (World Cups) apearances in a row out of 3 possible, 6 Afcon in a row with 5 finishing in the last 4, a World U-20, I form the wishes that you will improve even more the situation of Ghanaian football,” Champagne wrote in his letter.

By Times Sports Reporter

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