Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi, The President of Ghana Football Association who doubles as the First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football has confirmed earlier reports of his hands playing key role in the removal of former CAF President Mr. Issa Hayatou.
Hayatou had been on CAF’s biggest seat for over two decades and so the election saw his removal by the current leader Mr. Ahmad Ahmad of Madacasgar.
The FIFA Executive Committee member for Anglophone section of Africa spoke to Joy FM on Thursday and outlined his supposed coup d’etat in the overthrow of the then powerful man in Africa Football.
“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….”
Mr. Nyantakyi in the same interview confirmed his decision not to continue as GFA president when his term of office ends in 2019.