Let Nyantakyi finish his term

The former GFA boss believes democracy must be allowed to reign and insists Nyantakyi can only be ousted at the next GFA elections in 2015


Former chair of the Ghana Football Association, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, says calls for current GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, to resign are not only unfortunate, but provide a recipe for chaos under the current democratic system.

He said there were adequate structures to deal with non-performing officials, and, therefore, wondered the rationale for the relentless calls for the GFA president’s resignation.

Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said society had the right to criticise leadership, but calling for people’s resignation when they had legitimate mandate in itself could undermine the democratic structures in place.

“If officials would have to be forced out of office in this manner, who would remain at post? Even those agitating today will not survive it if they should assume the position,” the experienced football administrator said in an interview with state owned Graphic Sports.

Former Ghana international stars, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Anthony Ahinful and Laryea are among high-profile personalities who have asked the GFA president to resign his post in the wake of Ghana’s post-World Cup inquest.

The former players who represented Ghana at various levels on the international stage, have mainly asked for a fresh beginning for Ghana football under another personality although they both acknowledge Mr Nyantakyi’s credentials since he assumed the presidency of the GFA in 2005.

But Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said the FA’s current democratic system allows for the necessary changes when the time was due.

“Whoever is elected must be allowed to finish their term. Congress can be lobbied to vote out the president if, indeed, he is incompetent or not performing,” he said.

Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe, whose tenure as government-appointed GFA boss was characterised by regular agitations by some members of the football family for his no-nonsense style leading to his resignation a year into a four-year mandate, said “people must come to terms with the fact that times have changed from the days of government appointment to the present democratic system”.

He said if the GFA president deserves to be removed from office then those agitating can initiate moves for his impeachment.

“We must also acknowledge that since he has not committed the kind of sins that can lead to his impeachment, then he must be allowed to complete his tenure in peace,” he added.

Credit: Graphic Online