Former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi has narrated how he won a court case against the government and was paid GH₵ 50,000 for damages.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was speaking about government interference in the activities of the FA on a show organized by GTV Sports plus for past Ghana FA presidents and dubbed “Saving our passion”.
“I have had particular issues of what I will call interference, because they are well known in the media i can mention them. In 2011, I was nominated as the candidate of the Executive Committee (ExCo) to contest the seat on the CAF Executive Committee. And you are all aware that there was a letter from the government proposing￼ another person,” the former GFA President said on GTV Sports plus on Thursday.
“Then in 2010, when we came back from the World Cup, the FA premises were besieged or overtaken by officials of EOCO. We took the matter to the High Court and the High Court declared it was illegal and demanded damages of 50,000 Ghana Cedis against the state. This is the clearest example of interference that will regularly come to mind.
He continued: “But I taught they were needless because the government could have engaged the FA to seek a compromise on each of these very issues without doing ‘gidigidi’ [use of force].”
“FIFA has admonished the FA’s to cooperate with the government to develop football but interference is condemned so I will preach that as long as possible, the government should tolerate and cooperate with the football association,” he added.
The issue of interference in the affairs of the FA by the government comes in after it was reported that the FA and government were embroiled over the appointment of a new Head Coach for the Black Stars
The reports added that the FA was pushing for Otto Addo to occupy the position on intern basis, whiles the government was pushing for former Newcastle boss, Chris Hughton to occupy the managerial role permanently.
The reports led to the General Secretary of CAF, Veron Mosengo-Omba cautioning the government not to interfere in the football affairs of the country else there might be consequences.
Last week, the Ghana FA announced Otto Addo as temporal head coach of the Black Stars. Didi Dramani and George Boateng were named Assistants and Chris Hughton was named Technical advisor.
The four man team has been put together to take charge of the two matches against rivals Nigeria. The Black Stars will take on the Super Eagles at the Cape Coast stadium on March 24 before travelling to Nigeria for the 2nd leg at the Abuja Sports stadium on Sunday, March 27, 2022.
A win against Nigeria will earn Ghana a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be played in Qatar between 21 November to 18 December.