The founder of Tema Youth Football Club, Wilfred Kwaku Osei, has paid glowing tribute to the late Alhaji Sly Tetteh and the immediate past president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, for contributing immensely to make him a successful football administrator today.
According to Mr Osei, known in football circles as Palmer, the late Sly Tetteh, a former president of Liberty Professionals, deserved all the credit for being the source of the business module he was working with now.
“I have learnt a lot from a whole lot of people. The late Sly Tetteh deserves all the credit because the business module I’m working with now was given to me by him.
“People did not know how close we were and I quite remember when I qualified to the Premier League for the second time, I marched straight from Cape Coast to the Liberty Professionals grounds to pay homage to him,” a grateful Palmer disclosed this to the Daily Graphic in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
Influencial: The late Liberty founder Alhaji Sly Tetteh
“He (Sly) has had a lot of influence in the way I conduct myself in football. This man will call me and say I’m told you don’t have money, so take this and use it to continue playing the league,” Palmer recalled with nostalgia how he benefited from Tetteh’s largesse.
In the case of Nyantakyi, he simply described him as a phenomenon for his exceptional leadership qualities.
“Kwesi (Nyantakyi) is phenomenal. We have known each other since I started football and I’m very grateful that I had such a friend. You go into a meeting with Kwesi (Nyantakyi) and at the end, you feel proud of him as your leader,” he noted.
“I say things the way they should be said. I don’t embellish it for it to look good. I can look him in the face and say this is a bad deal. That is how I relate with the former president,” he revealed.
Former GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi
Palmer said though some of his opponents described him as a ‘Nyantakyi boy’ during the last GFA elections, the fact remained that with the exception of Amanda Clinton and George Ankamah, the rest of the contestants were Nyantakyi’s proteges.
“If I have a leader whom I can associate myself with, then I am proud of it. When you talk to these people in private, they will tell you that during Executive Committee meetings, Palmer was the one who stood up to contest issues.”
The founder of Tema Youth also mentioned Nana Sam Brew-Butler (Mr Thick Skin), Emmanuel Kofi Kyeremeh, Joseph Yaw Appiah, Akwasi Owoahene Acheampong, Alhaji Gruzah and others for playing an inspirational role in his life.
“All these people and many others have been giving me pieces of advice from time to time. I learnt a lot from coaches as well. If I have developed myself in the game, it’s because I have taken myself as a student who is always ready to learn from everybody in the game.
“You look down upon some of the people in the football industry to your own peril. They’ve been through the mill and these are the people you need to advise you whenever you face any difficulty,” he explained.
“The only thing is that we have to add modern business ideas to help achieve our set targets,” Palmer added.