Gov’t owns the national teams, not the GFA – FA Boss

Sports News of Thursday, 1 January 2015

Source: adomonline.com

Nyantakyi Ayariga

Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association has reiterated that the national teams belong to the people and the state of Ghana and not the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Responding to assertions made by some sessions of football administrators that the national teams are the property of the GFA and not the government, Mr. Nyantakyi said that “the fact that the GFA manages the national teams for the people and the state of Ghana doesn’t make the teams the FA’s property.

“We are talking about the ownership of the national team and not the ownership of the GFA,” Nyantakyi told Asempa Sports.

When quizzed about a statement made by a football administrator and the a member of the FA, Kofi Manu, that the National teams belong to the FA and not the government, Mr. Nyantakyi said he respect Kofi Manu’s opinion but the fact of the matter is that the national teams belong to the state.

“I respect his opinion but the national teams are owned by the government and not the GFA, we agree on issues and disagree on issues so l respects him for that”.

He also stated that the FA and the Government have no problem but its people’s perception.

“We (FA) have no dispute with the Government, our relationship is excellent because we all serving our country Ghana,” he said.

Nyantakyi has been the head of GFA since 2005 and he will be hoping to stand for a third term in 2015.

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