Kwesi Nyantakyi is a man who rose up the ladder of success due to his determination and hard work. He is a great example of the saying ‘hard work pays off.’ His rising to greater heights has seen him make a name for himself in Ghana and internationally by becoming the President of the Ghana Football Association, a position he no longer holds as at now.
The respected former GFA president is proof that you can have different talents and still make the most of them. He is a qualified and established lawyer whose passion for the ball paved the way for him to join the world of football, an arena where he has held various significant positions.
Full names: Kwesi Nyantakyi
Year of birth: October 27th, 1968
Kwesi Nyantakyi age: 51 years
Marital status: Married
Kwesi Nyantakyi biography
You may be wondering how old is Kwesi Nyantakyi? Well, he is still a young man! He is just 51 years old. Kwesi Nyantakyi hometown is known as Wa, and it is where he grew up and acquired both his basic and secondary education. He was so brilliant that he easily gained admission into the University of Ghana. He later joined the Ghana Law School.
His passion and love for football kick-started when he was at the University. He became the club representative for the Upper West Heroes football team. The renowned former GFA president qualified as a reputable corporate lawyer. He was lucky enough to join the First Atlantic Bank, where he worked for several years. Also, he held the position of legal adviser for the King Faisal football club.
Nyantakyi joined the Executive Council of Ghana League Clubs Association. After a while, he found it fit to contest for the position of Vice-Chairman. His opponent for the position was Alhaji Karim, one of his employers. Interesting to note, he won the elections and took up the position of GHALCA Vice Chairman. Since it was automatic that if one was the Vice Chairman of GHALCA, you also became the Vice Chairman of GFA by default, Kwesi took up the position as well.
In 2005, he ascended to the position of GFA President after the then Chairman, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakhloe, resigned in May 2005. This was after the court allowed that the GFA Executive Council could move ahead and impeach him since he had failed to attend any of the sittings. The members of the council voted of having no confidence in him. This paved the way for GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi to move up the ladder and became the acting Chairman. In 2005, he won the elections and officially became the Chairman.
It is worth noting that under his leadership, the Ghana team qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2006. The team also qualified in 2010, which was held in both Brazil and South Africa. In 2009, the Ghana team also had victory in the Under 20 World Cup football match.
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What positions did Kwesi Nyantakyi hold?
In 2011, Amos Adamu, the WAFU president, was suspended from his position, and Kwesi was appointed as the acting President before the elections were held. He won the elections and became the President, a position he held for four years. His unique leadership skill has seen him hold international positions in the world of football. Some of them include;
- FIFA Council Member
- FIFA Associations Committee
- Football coordinator at the 2012 London Olympics
Kwesi Nyantakyi resigns
During an undercover investigation by Anas Aremeyaw, he and other football officials were recorded on camera receiving a bribe. He was then forced to resign from various football federations, including GFA, FIFA, WAFU, and CAF. This came after he was issued with a 90-month ban to pave the way for investigations into his case. He was found guilty of breaching the governing ethics, conflict of interest, and corruption and was given a life ban by FIFA as well as a fine of CHF 500,000.
Kwesi Nyantakyi family
Kwesi Nyantakyi wife is known as Christine-Marie Nyantakyi, who is the administrator of the renowned Oasis Montessori School. She is Kwesi Nyantakyi first wife. Together they have two children. The former GFA president remarried at a private ceremony. Kwesi Nyantakyi new wife is known as Mariama Sannie, and she is Kwesi Nyantakyi second wife.
The former football administrator’s life has been an epitome of success until he was alleged to have been involved in multiple scandals. However, in a statement made by his first wife, she revealed that he was ready to face the consequences of his actions.
Now you have Kwesi Nyantakyi wife, biography, age and hometown. We wish him all the best that life has to offer.
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Source: Yen Ghana