Nyantakyi – AFCON bidding process was fishy

President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantaki has admitted that the manner in which CAF conducted itself during the 2017 AFCON bid process gives room for individuals to question the credibility of the entire process.

The Confederation of African Football earlier in the week awarded the 2017 edition of the tournament to Gabon which now means that the Central African nation are set to host the competition independently after they co hosted with Equatorial Guinea in 2012.

“Unlike  previous  occasions  even  as  recent  as  September  when  we  went  to  Ethiopia  to  choose  the  host  for  2019, 2021 and  2023  the  host  were  chosen  on  the  basis  of  votes  counted  and  declared  publicly  at least  before  the  membership  of  the  executive  committee  so  we  knew  but  on  this  occasion  it  was  not  so.

“The  two  non-voting  members  of  the  executive  committee  were  entrusted  to  handle it  so they  went  and  counted  the  ballots  and  declared  the  results   to  the  president  who  announced  it  publicly.

“For  me  as  a  member  of  the  executive  committee  I  heard  the  winner  the  first  time  Issa  Hayatou  announced it at  the  press  conference  which  I  considered  not  to  be  good  enough.

“To  that  extent  I  fully  subscribe  to  the  view  that  there  was  limited  transparency,” he said on Citi Fm’s Friday sports show, The sports Panorama.

Nyantakyi  however declared  that  majority  of  the  members  of  the CAF executive  committee  agreed  to  the  new  process,  which was  why  it  was  used.

 

Source: Banjamin Nketsia/citifmonline.com