FORMER PRESIDENT of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has explained that he resigned from his post because he did not want to be hounded out.
In what appears to be a private conversation with a close associate, the former 1st Vice President of CAF said Ghanaians would not have remembered any of his good deeds if he had continued to stay in office.
“I don’t want to be hounded out of office. That way, people will always remember you with that bad thing that you were sacked. They won’t remember anything good about you.”
The former FA boss added: “I’m a very patient person, that’s why I’ve survived all these things. I always believe that God is the one who decides everything…If I even resign today from GFA, CAF and FIFA, I will thank God [because] God has taken me very far [looking at] where I came from.
“I came from a very deprived background. The school I went to, those days we didn’t even have electricity; we used [a] generator. And when it’s 10p.m. they put it off because the generator cannot be on throughout the night, so you have to get a lantern if you want to learn after 10p.m.
“You would be learning and the smoke [from the lantern] will be entering your nose – I remember we really suffered.”
Nyantakyi, who was captured taking $65, 000 in an explosive investigative piece by renowned undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has been at the helm of Ghana Football from December 2005 till June 7, 2018.
Nyantakyi resigned as the FA boss on Friday, June 8, after the Government of Ghana announced that it was taking steps to dissolve the FA.
Apart from being the second in command at CAF, Nyantakyi, who is a lawyer and a banker, was also a FIFA Council member, a position he has also officially quit after the world’s football body handed him a provisional 90-day ban.
The former WAFU (West African Football Union) boss has denied any wrongdoing but apologized for “indiscretion”.
He has pledged to address the media in the coming days on the issues raised in the widely publicised piece by Anas.