The president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has revealed that he voted for the newly elected Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad, to hand a shock defeat to Issa Hayatou last Thursday to herald new era in African football.
Mr Nyantakyi, a member of CAF’s Executive Committee,stressed that the GFA decided to throw its weight behind the Madagascar FA boss in order to effect a change in leadership at the Cairo-based CAF.
Mr Nyantakyi was also voted to the Executive Council of football’s world governing body FIFA for a four-year term, retaining his seat he won six months ago.
Ahmad defeated long-standing Hayatou at the elective congress in Addis Ababa, polling 33 votes against 20 by his Camerounian rival. The victory ended 70-year-old Hayatou's 29-year reign at the helm of CAF after assuming office in March, 1988.
A cheerful Mr Nyantakyi revealed to the media at the FA’s secretariat at Ridge in Accra yesterday that Ghana’s FA fully supported Ahmad to end Hayatou’s hold on to power for nearly three decades.
"We were all in support of Ahmad to dethrone Issa Hayatou as the next CAF president and it happened".
“It was the time to end an era by ushering in a new administration that can change the face of CAF for the next four years.
The Wa All Stars president took the opportunity to thank his Executive Committee members for supporting him to retain his seat at the FIFA Executive Council.
He stressed that every leader's time would surely come to an end at a point in time, indicating he was ready to bow out when his time was due.