Nyantakyi’s appeal will yield no positive results - Former sports minister

Nyantakyi’s appeal will yield no positive results - Former sports minister

- Former sports minister, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuije, has predicted that Kwesi Nyantakyi's appeal to CAS will amount to nothing

- According to him, there are no records of positive responses from football-related appeals

- Kwesi Nyantakyi is heading to CAS to appeal his FIFA lifetime ban

Former sports minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has predicted that Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) will amount to nothing.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Friday, November 2, 2018, he explained that previous appeals have yielded no positive rewards.

“Looking at what has happened with Michel François Platini, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and the rest, I really would be surprised if Kwesi Nyantakyi is going to come out successful in his bid to appeal his lifetime ban by FIFA,” he said.

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Former sports minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuije Source: Graphic.com.gh

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According to him, such a lifetime ‘punishment’ on Nyantakyi could have been avoided had the alleged cases of corruption been tackled earlier.

He explained that his efforts at tackling the issue were interpreted as witch-hunting, but at the end, the former GFA leader has been disgraced.

“The disgrace and the shame are for all of us as a country and as a people involved in football and in sports” he added.

Nyantakyi is heading to CAS to appeal a lifetime ban handed by FIFA on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

He was found guilty of violating three FIFA codes, that is, conflict of interest, bribery and corruption, and commission after being caught in an investigative documentary on politics, corruption, and match-fixing in June 2018.

Vanderpuye is of the firm conviction that Ghana must henceforth be proactive in tackling matters of corruption in order to avoid a repeat of what he described as a ‘disgrace’ to football in the country.

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