Nyantakyi explains decision to quit Ghana FA presidential role

The 49-year-old stood down few days after being captured in a video produced by an undercover journalist

Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has revealed the reasons why he quit his position as the body’s chief, insisting he did it for the growth of football in the country.

The 49-year-old, who doubles as Caf's first vice president, was caught on camera negotiating how to make money from his association as well as showing how he could lead some Arabian businessmen to Ghana's president Akufo-Addo with the aim of helping them set up an oil company in the country.

He has been banned by Fifa for 90 days to aid investigations.

"I came from a very wretched background but through the help of God and how humble I was, I rose to the highest stage. I decided to call it a quit with Ghana football to save the country amid the controversies," Nyantakyi said in a tape obtained by Nhyira FM.

"In my village, there was no light and other social amenities to aid education but I made up my mind to make it. I came this far but one or two issues have gotten myself in controversies and I believe that resigning was the best of options.

"If I had stayed on, football would've been a standstill and that will be a shame for me. I want the best for the game and would always want it to improve so I did everything for the country even though I believe I was scammed by unscrupulous people.

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"I want the youth to benefit and rather not to struggle because of any legal tussle or whatever. I've done my best and resigning will let the new generation and others remember the good works I did rather to hold on to power for the worst to happen," he added 

Nyantakyi became Ghana FA boss in 2005 following the impeachment of Dr. Nyaho-Nyaho Tamakloe, who was accused of embezzlement and lack of confidence.