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Kwesi Nyantakyi goes ballastic, blasts 'wicked' journalists for fabricating World Cup budget figures

Kwesi Nyantakyi

Kwesi Nyantakyi

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has launched a stinging pot at ‘some wicked’ journalists for trying to creating disaffection for the association over the 2014 World Cup budget.

The ever-smiling Ghanaian football leader is livid over allegations of corruption against the GFA in the wake of intense debate over the approved budget for the 2014 World Cup.

Government has approved a figure in the region of $9 million for the global showpiece in Brazil, which is a far cry from the speculated $20 million amount by a section of the Ghanaian media.

A section of the Ghanaian, in a virulent campaign, claimed that America’s budget of the entire World Cup competition is $2m, which has now been exposed as a total fabrication.

That is because the budget for the bonuses of just coach Jurgen Klinsmann is $10.5m which means if all aspects of the budget like bonuses for players and officials as well as preparations and other logistics are added the USA budget will rocket.

Nyantakyi has gone banana-crazy over the debate on the budget and says the figures being bandied about in the media are being concocted by ‘wicked’ journalists, who are determined to see his back.

“All these brouhaha and controversies about the World Cup budget were concocted by wicked (journalists) who should have known better and who know the real truth but won’t say it as it is,” Nyantakayi is quoted by Ghanasportsonline to have said.

“It can only take a lunatic to say such things, because if only you are not sick in the head and not a mad man, you wouldn’t talk about inflated figures in the budget.

“How can a person who is mentally sound, how can a person who is not a lunatic publish and claim that the Ghana Football Association has inflated figures that we are sending to the minister and the chief of staff?”

“They have planned, all these have been planned and I believe its intentional and they just want to say bad things about the GFA.

“You can at times get confused to even determine whether such people are truly Ghanaians because after all the budget that we prepare will be sent to the minister and the minister is not blind.

“This will also go the Chief of Staff who is also not blind and will go through other processes of vetting including the cabinet.”

Nyantakyi said he approached the USA Soccer Federation President Sunil at a recent FIFA meeting in Zurich and he confirmed that the USA budget is far higher than what was reported in the Ghanaian media.

“When I met the US federation President Sunil in Zurich, I told him what what reported in the Ghanaian media and he was surprised by the report. He said the figure was much much higher as their plans for the tournament are very extensive,” Nyantakyi said.

Every budget for Ghana’s World Cup participation resurrects a ritual of debate over whether the amount is prudent for a one-month long competition or an overly wasteful outlay of scarce resources.

But those who are opposed to the Nyantakyi administration hide the fact that the World Cup brings profits to Ghana rather than the claims of loses to the tax payer.

Ghana received $11m from its participation at the 2010 World Cup when it spent $9m which means the country made a profit of $2m.

Ghana will make a profit of about $4m even if the Black Stars crash out at the group stage of the competition.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Murtala says:

    Especially ones who write for Ghana soccer.

    • TRUTH HURTS says:

      THE TRUTH HURTS ..THAT WEE SMOKING LUNATIC .ZONGOMAN PARTICK OSEI AGYEMAN IS LIABILITY TO THE JOURNALISTIC PROFESSION..HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW HOW TP PRONOUNCE THE WORG FOOTBALL ..ALL HE DOES IS TO INSULT THE G F A NAND KWASI NYANTAKYI…HE IS A DISGRACE TO THE MULTI-MEDIA.HE IS THE WORST JOURNALIST EVER IN GHANA.. SO DISRESPECTFUL.. OKURAASENI PAAA.HE DOEN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL..

      • texas says:

        I have been listening his show – fire for fire! I think “country man songo” should be subjected to drug test before he goes on air with show everyday! was he not the sports presenter who was caught smoking wee and was taken to custody? he has no facts and am sure he does no research – that is if he can read and write. That “country man songo” is the most useless and unprofessional sport presenter to have come Ghana! Ghana is known for producing seasoned sports journalists but as for songo, am not sure is a trained Ghanaian sports presenter cum journalist. The worst thing songo did to me was when he insulted Bukom Banku for nothing and said he can beat bukom banku! I wish banku will corner songo and land him one dirty upper cut!

  2. Deporres says:

    It is indeed shameful that so called journalists will engage in such disgraceful actions. You have no facts & you wont find out but keep spewing nonsense. They kept confusing issues the fact that the South African league is well resourced does not mean its quality is better than the Ghanaian league. Was it not the same South Africa that hosted the 2010 world cup that saw Ghana excel. Recently was it not the same country that hosted the local based cup of nstions with Ghana lifting the silver? Meanwhile the under 20 also lifted gold the first by any African country,the maidens took bronze also the first by any African country & finally the black stars have been very consistent for the last four or five nation’s cup (always among the top four). The improvement in terms of refresher training & certification courses has been unprecedented, so what it is that i hear this guys talking about, when they say the GFA & its president are only managing the black stars

  3. abia says:

    Hmmmmm…
    Why did it take the gfa presoo this long to bring this fact out. It shld hv come in the heat of the debate. Is gfa saying they don’t hv the resources to do that b’fr?… mi don’t think so.
    Having said that, slow motion is better than no motion… it’s never late until it’s over abi…?

  4. Dr Who says:

    The GFA presidents position is big so Kwesi Nyantakyi should choose his words carefully no matter how angry he is.This is exactly what the ‘tweaa DCE’ did…as a leader you need to manage your anger and frustration.

  5. Mumbi says:

    Hold Your fire Nyataki, that initial $9m budget did not include expences for the wives, concubines & prostitutes of the players and stuffs. The jarnalist may be right coz all those extra women you’re proposing to take to Brazil need to be paid allowances by GFA. The Same Gfa should also pay 4 the sexual services they be rendering to the team and staffs including Nyataki Himself. $20m is okay for that reason. What Can u say selfmade and spellbound? NB no more insults.

  6. Mumbi says:

    Hold Your fire Nyataki, that initial $9m budget did not include expences for the wives, concubines & prostitutes of the players and stuffs. The jarnalist may be right coz all those extra women you’re proposing to take to Brazil need to be paid allowances by GFA. The Same Gfa should also pay 4 the sexual services they will be rendering to the team and staffs including Nyataki Himself. $20m is okay for that reason. What Can u say selfmade and spellbound? NB no more insults