Ghana FA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi yesterday joined the extended FIFA Council after emerging triumphant in the election held at the CAF Headquarters in Egypt.
Nyantakyi came in second position with 31 votes, one better than the representative from Madagascar who polled 30 to follow in third position.
CAF Vice President, Almany Kabele Camara from Guinea was a clear winner with 37 votes in the election that will see the top two candidates join the expanded FIFA Council.
The election attracted high profile personalities including the FIFA President, Gianni Infantino and Secretary General of FIFA, Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura from Senegal who all attended their first CAF General Assembly on African soil.
Nyantakyi becomes the first Ghanaian to serve on FIFA’s powerful cabinet through the expansion instituted by Infantino’s administration. The expansion meant Africa was granted two extra slot to enlarge the previously 24-member council.
The 36-member FIFA Council will hold its first meeting in Zurich on October 13-14.
It will set the overall strategic direction of world football’s governing body.
The newly elected members will only sit on the council until March next year when another round of elections will be held at the 2017 CAF Congress in Addis Ababa on March 17.
Meanwhile, the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has congratulated Mr. Nyantakyi for his election onto the Executive Council of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).
Mr. Nyantakyi polled 31 votes, the second highest to pick one of the two slots reserved for Africa, whilst Almamy Kabele Camara of Guinea polled 37 votes to pick the first slot on the continent, with Ahmad of Madagascar Polling 30 votes and Augustine Senghor of Senegal polling 9 votes.
Mr. Nyantakyi will remain on the Executive Council of FIFA till March 2017.
A statement from the secretariat of SWAG said, Mr Nyantakyi’s commitment to the development of football in Ghana and Africa has been duly rewarded with his election onto the Executive Council of FIFA.
It said the achievement marks another significant milestone in his career as a football administrator on the global platform.
“Having restored Ghana’s name on the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after a long absence, you have extended your administrative prowess to the corridors of FIFA and the entire nation is proud of you.
“It is our hope that you will bring your rich experience to bear on the Executive Council of FIFA and contribute positively to the development and promotion of football in the world and Africa in particular.
“SWAG is indeed proud of your achievements and we urge you to continue with your exploits to the highest level,” the statement noted.