It is impossible for the powerful status of royalty to be transmogrified into bound slavery.
Certainly impossible right? Yeah!
Born to a Waala mother and an Akan father from Kwasu in the Ashanti Region, grew up in Wa, somewhere in the Northern Region where he had his early education. A practicing Muslim, though born a Christian, reverted to Islam from the age of 5 after his mother remarried a Muslim man.
(The Story of Ghana’s Football Kingpin, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi.)
Nyantakyi became President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on December 30, 2005.
Under his watch, Ghana first qualified for it’s World Cup Tournament, the 2006 FIFA World Cup staged in Germany, again qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and again for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Also under his stewardship in 2009, the Ghana U-20 football team won Africa’s first and only U-20 World Cup.
Not wanting to limit his wonderful services only to Ghanaian Football, Kwesi Nyantakyi plunged into International Football Affairs.
In 2011, when West African Football Union (WAFU) Pesident, Amos Adamu, was suspended by FIFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi was given the nod to serve as the interim President of WAFU until elections were conducted.
The spell on Nyantakyi was so strong that he was elected as President of WAFU for a two-year term when they conducted elections in May 31st, 2011.
This made him a monarch and an epitome of African Football until his resignation as WAFU President on the 11th of June 2018.
Notwithstanding, Mr Nyantakyi held international positions in football as well. He held positions as:
–Football Organizer at the 2012 London Olympics
-Member of FIFA Associations Committee
-Member of FIFA Council
-Vice Presdient of the Confedration of African Football (CAF)
There came a certain Ghanaian investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who is known for his magnificent style of Journalism. Anas had another adventure in mind. So, he stepped into the confines of Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi in the quest to do what he is known for.
Anas used his super-powers of investigation to bring the football bigwig to light after he investigated for months and evidently recorded him to back his claims.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas premiered the unexpected video of Ghana’s football King, Kwesi Nyantakyi, titled “NUMBER 12”.
In the expose, Nyantakyi was seen taking huge sums of money as fee for illicit services to be provided by him to prospective clients.
After having a slice of the master investigative cake, President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, ordered for the arrest of Nyantakyi; who whiles engaging in greedy peddling, used the name and office of the President of Ghana.
These astonishing allegations and controversies led to Nyantakyi’s resignation on June 8, 2018 as President of the GFA.
He was censured for these scandals:
– Allegations of match fixing.
(In 2014, British Newspaper, The Telegraph and Chanel 4, did an investigation where Telegraph’s reporters posed as match fixers and engaged Nyantakyi about the possibility of organizing friendlies and influencing referees to determine the outcome of these games.)
– Co-efficient payments.
(The GFA boss alluded to the fact that he shared the amount of $557,000 among seven management committee members of the GFA and later said that he calculated the shared amount using the “co-efficient of seven”.)
– Double friendly payments scandal.
(Nyantakyi took double payments in organizing preparation matches for the Black Stars ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Having taken money from Government to organize friendlies, he also turned to GNPC, sponsors of the Black Stars for the same purpose.)
– Inconsistencies in GNPC deal.
(Again, following the signing of a sponsorship deal between the Black Stars and state-owned GNPC, the GFA listed West Head as the company that brokered the deal.
However, it was later revealed that then GNPC boss, Ato Ahwoi, had no third party involved in the deal.)
The adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee, banned Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports, or any other) at both national and international level.
The Chamber found him guilty of having violated Art. 19 (Conflicts of Interest), Art. 21 (Bribery and Corruption) and Art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA code of Ethics, 2012 edition.
FIFA also fined him 500,000 Swiss Francs equivalent to GBP 390,000 or GHS 2.6m.
Describing the decision as unfair, harsh and unwarranted, Mr Nyantakyi revealed, his lawyers are reviewing the facts for appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
He said the decision to appeal is motivated by the quest to clear his name after already resigning from all his football positions.
Nyantakyi hoped to follow the path of former Asian Football Association (AFC) Pesident, Bin Hammam, who had his lifetime FIFA ban rescinded by the Court of Arbitration for Sports in July 2012 for lack of evidence.
Bin Hammam, was handed a lifetime ban after being found guilty of paying cash gifts totalling close to $1 million to CONCACAF officials during his campaign to be elected the President of World’s football governing body in 2011.
It’s been two years since Ghana Football Association and FIFA disassociated itself from Kwesi Nyantakyi.
Should FIFA repeal its decision and will we accept him back and give him another opportunity to chair the football association?
Source: Goal.com, Wikipedia, Citi News, BBC.