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