Former Youth and Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has said the life-time ban imposed by world governing body, FIFA on the former President Kwesi Nyantakyi is as a result of lack of accountability, transparency and teamwork.
Describing Mr Nyantakyi’s predicament as a national shame and embarrassment, Mr Vanderpuye believes irrespective of his or her political inclination, ethnic background, status and gender, had been negatively affected by the FIFA sanction.
“What has now happened is a national shame and an embarrassment. This is because all of us have been affected. If people had seen me as someone who wanted to change how things were done at the GFA, I don’t think Anas would have done what he did.” – he said.
According to him, People were playing politics with Kwesi Nyantakyi’s issues and calling him names when he wanted to change things at the football office.
” I initiated moves to engage Mr Nyantakyi to turn things around to ensure transparency, accountability and teamwork in his administration but it was to no avail” – he said.
The life ban follows extensive investigations by FIFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee into the conduct of Mr Nyantakyi who was captured in an explosive expose by Ghanaian investigator Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
That brought to a sad end of the glittering career of the man considered as the most successful GFA President in the history of Ghana football.
Nyantakyi reigned as GFA President for 13 years and helped Ghana’s Black Stars to qualify for three successive FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014). Nyantakyi rose through the ranks to become the Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). He was highly tipped to take over from current CAF President Ahmad Ahmad in the near future.