There’s no smoke without fire goes the proverb. There’s an iota of truth in every rumour. The dust has settled and a new group of persons have taken over the reins of power. This implies new direction whether in the right or wrong direction is inconsequential for now.
Nii Lante Vanderpuije, the outgoing Minister for Youth and Sports over the last couple of months before the change of government had had one misunderstanding or the other with Kwesi Nyantakyi President of the Ghana Football Association. This misunderstanding had resulted in some verbal exchanges – one that doesn’t merit repeating in this piece.
All said and done, Nii Lante may be privy to some pieces of evidence that a lot of Ghanaians may not have the opportunity to be oblivious of. Over the years, there had been some perception that the GFA and its President have always had something to hide. There had been an attempt by the then Serious Fraud Office now EOCO to bring the GFA and its president to book. However, this attempt was stalled by some fiat that prevents governments from interfering in the affairs of Football Associations across the globe.
Funnily enough, not too long ago the almighty Sepp Blatter and his cohorts were hauled before the law and banned from football activities for one inappropriate activity or the other – if you think you’re all powerful just remember how the mighty are soon fallen.
Over the years, activities of the Ghana Football Association are shrouded in some secrecy – an element that breeds suspicion – a suspicion that further becomes mother of the tag, “mafia”. The whole show is like the proverbial monkey – see, hear, talk, and if possible smell no evil; for instance, the last election that gave Nyantakyi the nod to continue as the President of the FA was done behind closed doors. Beggar’s belief!
There’re structures in every organisation. These structures must be allowed to work without undue interference in the performance of its duties. But not when there’s the need for some accountability to be rendered to the real stakeholders – Ghanaians.
Nyantakyi and Nii Lante may not have seen eye to eye but there’s more to it than meets the public’s eye. The aftermath revelation of the last world cup in Brazil was an eye opener. It may have been the reason why
By: Alex Blege