Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association at the African Football Summit in Accra, Ghana ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has disclosed he would have resigned from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had Issa Hayatou succeeded in retaining power.

Mr Hayatou’s 29 years reign as President of CAF was ended by Ahmad Ahmad. Ahmad polled 34 votes to win the CAF presidential election with Mr Hayatou losing with 20.

Mr. Nyantakyi who said he was instrumental in the overthrow of the Cameroonian told Accra-based Joy FM, “I was against Hayatou and I was happy that my team won. I was very instrumental, I was very strategic and I was deep in the planning of the overthrow of Hayatou.”

He added: “If Hayatou had won maybe I would have resigned from CAF because it came to a point that we could not work with him, not only me, but other people on my team…we took a risk and it paid off. It’s like a coup maker. When you fail in a coup, you commit the offence of high treason and you are punishable by death.

“When you succeed in the coup, you are the president. It’s a risk you take so we took the risk and I’m happy that we won. But we didn’t win on the basis that people liked us, but our message that we put across and that was our manifesto and I’m happy to announce that we are implementing it….”

Source: Ghana/