Nyantakyi was not elected to win Afcon, Osei lashes out

The Ghana FA official believes his under-fire boss has done a good job so far in developing the country’s football

Black Stars management committee vice-chairman Wilfred Osei Kwaku is livid at calls for the resignation of Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi following the disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon.

The Black Stars, once again, fell short of the continental diadem following a 2-0 defeat to Cameroon in the semi-finals, thus extending the team’s 35-year trophy drought for at least two more years.

The quest to win bronze to provide some form of appeasement also ended in flames by a 1-0 reversal to Burkina Faso in the third-place playoff.

“It’s uncalled for because I don’t think we voted President Nyantakyi into office to win Afcon for us; that is not the parameter we set for him,” Osei said, as reported by StarrSportsGh.

“We only voted for him to develop Ghana football, so where from the call that he should vacate his position, simply because the Black Stars failed to win the Nations Cup trophy in Gabon.

‘’What exactly has Nyantakyi done to resign from his presidency? After all, he didn’t select players for the tournament so why would you force him to resign?”

Nyantakyi assumed office in 2005 and has witnessed six consecutive semi-final berths and two finals at the Afcon but without any luck for the title.

“Either those advocating for his resignation have a motive or a pre-conceived motive that should Ghana fail to win the Afcon, he would be forced to resign,” Osei added.

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“I will be highly disappointed in Nyantakyi if he resigns because he has to be tough and be able to stand the pressure. We voted for him and we are comfortable with his job so far.

“Have you heard about Egypt and the other participating teams asking their respective federation heads to resign after failing to win the Nations Cup?’’

The next election for the GFA presidency comes off in 2019.