GFA Boss Reacts To Calls For His Resignation

board_member_samuel_osei-kuffour2PRESIDENT of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, says his administration is open to criticism but calls for fairness in that regard.

“Nobody is saying my administration or I, should not be criticized or slammed, but I guess it should be done constructively – and geared at placing Ghana football at the uppermost plinth.

“Every person has the right to freedom of expression but it would be more appreciated if it is done fairly and conscientiously,” he restated.

Mr. Nyantakyi, who was speaking to the Times Sports at the weekend, also emphasized the need for criticism to be centred on issues rather than personalities.

The FA capo was reacting to a submission by ex-player of the Black Stars, Samuel Osei Kuffuor, for his resignation – as well as what he termed “unfair reportage” by some media outfits against his administration.

“If a media house repeatedly carries stories that are skewed, unbalanced and one-sided you, clearly it is only obvious that it has an agenda, and that can only be unscrupulous and unethical,” he lamented.

According to the FA chieftain, though Kuffuor’s call may not be based on fact, the player was entitled to his opinion.

The call by Kuffuor for Nyantakyi’s resignation – later backed by another former player of the senior national team, Laryea Kingston, may have been triggered by Ghana’s insipid performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the delayed start of the First Capital Plus Premier League.

However, Nyantakyi said his presence or absence from the scene may not robotically guarantee the meteoric rise of Ghana football as to winning the World Cup, but insisted he would persist to work his fingers to the bone to ensure “our football becomes the finest one day.”

The premier league is facing a delayed start due to a lawsuit brought against it by relegated King Faisal.

According to Faisal, Aduana Stars botched or refused to pay a cost of GH¢5,000.00 imposed against them by the Disciplinary Committee (DC) of the GFA within 14 days as stipulated under Article 39(8) of the General Regulations and consequently, ought to be punished to forfeit all matches played during the period of default.

But the DC believed Faisal had no case – a decision which was later upheld by the Appeals Committee. Feeling hard-done by, president of Faisal, Alhaji Karim Grusah, decided to summon the Ghana FA before an Accra High court – which is currently hearing the case.

Mr. Nyantakyi has been in command of Ghana football since 2005 and he is up for re-election next year – a period where all electoral positions in the local game, will be up for grabs.

In spite of the barrage of attacks under which his administration has come under recently, Nyantakyi – who has spearheaded Ghana to three consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010 and 2014) – is a still odds on favourite to win another term next year.

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