Afriyie Ankrah picks lessons from Nyantakyi's downfall

The former Ghana sports minister believes the ex-FA chief brought trouble upon himself by holding on to power for too long

Former Ghana minister for sports Elvis Afriyie Ankrah thinks erstwhile football association president Kwesi Nyantakyi should have left office at the prime of his reign. 

Nyantakyi was unarguably the biggest man fingered in an investigative documentary on corrupt and match-fixing activities of top officials and referees of the FA in June.

He came to office in 2005 and was considering plans to contest for a fourth term when his tenure ends next year. 

“I think that Kwesi Nyantakyi should have left when the applause was loudest," Ankrah, who was at post during Ghana's disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, said on Citi FM

“This should be a lesson to all of us, especially politicians who hold elected positions; you leave when the applause is loudest. 

"All these things wouldn’t have gotten this bad if he had stuck with his [initial] decision to leave.

“That’s the lesson we can all draw from this. You leave when the applause is loudest. Despite his foibles, he had done so much and he should have just left."

Under Fifa investigation, Nyantakyi is currently serving an extended 45-day ban from football after a provisional 90-day suspension expired in September. He is also being investigated by the Ghanaian government. 

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Aside from his GFA position, the administrator was also a member of the prestigious Fifa Council, vice president of Caf and president of Wafu before the exposé took centre stage. 

On positive side, he is hailed for qualifying Ghana for their first ever Fifa World Cup tournament in 2006 and the Black Satellites' victory at the 2009 Fifa U-20 World Cup in Egypt