Nyantakyi, who is a lawyer by profession, had beautiful beginning when he entered into football but had a sad ending.
The aforementioned statement can be attributed to the story of former football administrator Kwesi Nyantakyi.
Nyantakyi, who is a lawyer by profession had beautiful beginning when he entered into football but had a sad ending.
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Nyantakyi was born to a Waala mother and an Akan father from Kwasu in the Ashanti Region. He grew up in Wa, where he had his early education.
YEN.com.gh brings you the beautiful and sad story of Kwesi Nyantakyi as he finally says goodbye to football after he was handed a lifetime ban by FIFA following Anas’ expose which captured him extorting monies from potential investors using the name of President Akufo-Addo:
Nyantakyi’s first appointment In Football
Nyantakyi secured his first appointment in football in the year 2000. He was a member of the Ghana Football Association Judicial Committee, at that time he was just 32 years old.
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Nyantakyi made a lot of inputs by strengthening the committee.
Due to his hard work, Nyantkayi was seen as a future leader. In 2004 he was elected as GHALCA chairman which automatically made him the vice-chairman of the GFA.
Nyantakyi couldn’t stop there as in December 2005, he was elected as substantive GFA President at the age of 37. Nyantakyi led a revolution, which forced then GFA leader, Nyaho Tamakloe out of office.
Nyantakyi became the poster boy as he won the hearts of Ghanaians after qualifying Ghana to their first World Cup in Germany. It was a qualification that has eluded the nation for more than 50 years.
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Nyantakyi made another history after Ghana U-20 team won the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ghana thus became the first African country to achieve feat.
In February 2011, Nyantakyi claimed his first international appointment when he was elected onto the CAF Executive Committee. His appointment did not come as a surprise. Before that appointment Nyantakyi has always proved his worth. In August the same year he was elected as WAFU Zone B President.
In September 2016, Nyantakyi made a triumphant entry to Zurich, Switzerland, after he was elected onto the FIFA Executive Council. He held the position for two years.
CAF Top Post
In May 2017, Nyantakyi was named as CAF 1st vice President, that appointment shows how powerful Nyantakyi was, when it comes to football administration in Ghana and Africa.
Now the controversies started:
In 2008, Nyantakyi’s administration was criticized after Midsea/Afrisat agency fee scandal over Globacom Ghana sponsorship. Football pundits believed that the agency fee was fraudulent.
In December 2010, EOCO raided the GFA office over corruption suspicion, seizing some documents of the GFA . The GFA led by Nyantakyi then took the case to court and the court ordered the state agency to return the said documents to the GFA.
In June 2014, Nyantakyi was accused of scheming with betting syndicates to fix Black Stars friendlies. This accusation was made by British tabloid The Telegraph.
Now the Fall
In 2018, Nyantakyi captured taking bribe in a sting operation by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
However, June 8, 2018, Nyantakyi resigned from his post after 90-day FIFA ban. Three months later FIFA extended the ban by 45 days.
A month later, FIFA came out with their final verdict regarding Nyantakyi, he was unlucky as he was handed a lifetime ban bringing his love for the game to a sad.
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