Former Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Football, Randy Abbey has stated emphatically that Ghana football has retrogressed under President Kwesi Nyantakyi.
He explained that, after a sterling performance in his first term in office which saw Ghana going to the world cup for the first time, the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has not achieved any significant feat.
Randy Abbey who was part of his administration made the comment on Asempa FM’s Ultimate sports show Friday.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was first elected to office on 30th December, 2005 when the then GFA Chairman, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe resigned.
The barrister oversaw a relatively successful debut World Cup campaign by the Black Stars in Germany. Ghana reached the second round, which was the minimum target set by the GFA at that time.
After Ghana’s participation in the 2006 World Cup, hopes were high that the Black Stars would host and win the 2008 African Nations Cup, but sadly that wasn’t to be as Ghana was beaten in the semifinals by Cameroon.
Also, Ghana’s youth national team, the Black Satellites won the West African championships and also took the 2009 African Youth Championship trophy. The greatest triumph came in Egypt where with ten men; the Satellites beat Brazil on penalties to become the first African side to win a World Youth Cup tournament.
But the performance of Mr. Nyantakyi’s administration took a nose dive when Black Stars failed to meet up to expectation during the World cup in Brazil in 2014.
The issue became murkier when the players after a shambolic performance put pressure on then government under former President John Mahama to airlift $3million to pay their bonuses.
All these and others Randy Abbey maintains have marred the administration of the GFA president.
“President Nyantakyi’s  achievements are retrogressing after his first term in office and that is problematic. Without a doubt, his [Nyantakyi] first term was his best period in office”.
Listen to Randy Abbey


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