By Ameenu Shardow
The President of the Ghana FA Kwesi Nyantakyi has postponed his trip to London for Monday’s friendly against Brazil in the wake of the death of Alhaji Ibrahim Sly Tetteh as tributes pour in from the African football fraternity.
Nyantakyi was supposed to have travelled with the Black Stars for the game to be played at Craven Cottage but has postponed the trip to lead a high powered football delegation for Sunday’s burial of the man who has been hugely instrumental in the recent successes of Ghana football.
Nyantakyi will leave for London on Sunday night after the owner of Liberty Professionals is buried in accordance with Islamic traditions.
Several African FAs have also been paying tribute to the astute administrator who met his untimely death while playing the game he loved on Saturday.
The FA Presidents of Togo, Benin, Nigeria,Liberia, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, and The Gambia have all sent their condolences with a majority of them confirming attendance to the burial on Sunday.
Nyantakyi said the humble but efficient administrator’s demise is a blow for Ghana football.
“It’s a sad day, we have lost an inspiration, role model, colleague and friend,” Nyantakyi said.
“He did for football what the game represents, fair play, dedication and excellence. He is an inspiration to many of us and his memory will never be far from our minds,” the GFA President said.
An endless list of football administrators, coaches, players, the media and supporters have thronged the Cantonments residence where wake is expected to be kept as messages of condolence flies in from all angles.
Some of the Black Stars players majority of whom have all passed through Tetteh’s hands including Asamoah Gyan and Derek Boateng, Michael Helegbe, Richard Kingson, Baffour Gyan have also visited the venue to pay their final respects.
Togolese football icon Emmanuel Adebayor was also spotted amongst dignitaries at the residence.
Ex footballers Sammy Kuffuor, Tony Baffoe, Augustine Ahinful, Nii Odartey Lamptey, CK Akonnnor have all visited Tetteh’s home to pay their final respects.
The widely acclaimed Godfather of Ghana football left behind two wives and seven children and he was 52.
He will be buried on Sunday at 12noon after prayers by the national Chief Imam Sheikh Nuhu Osman Sharubutu.