Former vice president of the Ghana Football Association, George Afriyie, says his former boss Kwesi Nyantaki was never a friend.
According to him, he only had a “good working relationship” with the disgraced football administrator but would not describe him as a friend.
Mr. Afriyie was Mr. Nyantakyi’s deputy during the latter’s third term as GFA president, however, the relationship between the pair was not always rosy.
A sour relationship led to Mr. Nyantakyi removing his second-in-command from office in April 2018.
Speaking on Citi TV, Mr. Afriyie said his relationship with his former boss, who has been banned by FIFA, was more about work than personal.
“A friend is someone you constantly visit, share ideas, both families have some level of ties, to call someone a friend is so deep, but for me he was boss and we enjoyed a very good working relationship, that is how I want to put it, because the one I call my friend the minimum times I visit his house in a year is not less than 10 times, but for Mr. Nyantakyi throughout my association with him when I knew him in 2003, 2004, I have been to his house a maximum of 4 times,'' he said.
“The truth is, I will die for anything I believe in. At the time Kwesi Nyantakyi came into power, at the time I saw his vision, zeal, vim and everything, I was ready to do anything, no doubt about that. It was about his vision. He was a good listener at that time.
“It is normal with every leader, it gets to a point where you become too corrupted with power because the last days of Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi I feel so sorry because you could see it coming
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“I wouldn’t want to say things about a man who won’t be here to defend himself, but the truth is that circumstances leading to my removal as GFA Vice-President is clear and out there for everyone to see, these are so fresh in the minds of a lot of people in the country.”
Mr. Afriyie has already declared his intention to contest for the position of GFA president.
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