By Patrick Akoto
Ghana legend Abdul ‘Golden Boy’ Razak has hailed the work ethics of FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi and expects him to go unopposed at the 2015 congress due to his excellent performance as the country’s football chief.
Ghana football has seen a massive transformation since Nyantakyi took over in 2005, chalking many successes both on and off-the- field with two World Cup berth in 2006 and 2010 top of the growing list of modest achievements.
The higly-respected ambitious Ghanaian football administrator is on the verge of leading the West African country to a third successive World Cup appearance after the Black Stars thrashed Egypt 6-1 in a first play-off on Tuesday.
The meteoric rise of the Ghana FA has thrilled many as he has used his incredible lobbying skills to get as many as nine Ghanaians to work on CAF standing committees since he was appointed onto the Executive Committee two years ago.
There are many who have tipped him to land a top post at the continent governing body as he is well-regarded by CAF aficionados due to his leadership skills and work ethics –playing a key role in a number of structural adjustment embarked on by CAF.
With Ghana set to go polls to elect a new leader in two years time, the 1978 African Footballer of the Year does not expect him to be challenged following his outstanding performance as the country’s FA chief over the past eight years.
“We must congratulate Mr Nyantakyi for what he has done for Ghana football. In my view it is unmatched and deserve to continue to be the helm of affairs for a long time,” the ex- Kotoko great told Accra-based Happy FM
“I expect him to go unopposed. Look we have qualified for two world cups with the third on the way. What more can you ask him to do?
“People talk too much in this country but the whether you love or hate him, he has done tremendously well.
“I don’t see anyone who can challenge him and win a single vote. I just don’t see it. No one should waste their time and resources because they cannot unseat him due to his exceptional leadership skills.
“Playing at the World Cup is the dream of every country. That is the apex and so if we have achieved that under his presidency, what else is anyone going to say.
“From the way things are going I can forsee him being at the forefront for many, many years to continue his good works.”
Nyantakyi is regarded by many as the most successful Ghana FA leader having led the country to make their first two appearances at the World Cup
He was also in charge when Ghana became the first African country to win the U20 World Cup – feat yet to be matched by any country on the continent.
His leadership style has also been praised in many quarters but he has also had his fair share of criticism with sweeping allegations of corruption being leveld against him by a tiny minority of the Ghanaian media on daily basis.