By David Tagoe

Following the Black Stars inability to break the 30-year-old drought of no trophy at the 28th Africa Cup of Nations tournament jointly hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, some angry football fans called on GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, to get rid of some of the hats he is wearing to enable him concentrate on the team.

The calls were predicated on the strong conviction and reports that trickled in from the tournament that the FA President concentrated more on his duty as a CAF official than as Chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee, a position held by former GFA Vice President, Fred Pappoe.

But at a rather rabble press conference held at the GFA Conference Room, during which sports journalists displayed their anger and indignation at the team’s failure to live up to expectation at the tournament, Kwesi Nyantakyi said those calls would be baseless if the hats he is wearing are not permitting him to discharge his duties as President and Chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee.

In his view, had the management committee failed to give the needed support to the team to enable it perform, those calls would be justified, but since the committee, which he chairs, was able to provide every support the team needed to enable it deliver to the expectations of Ghanaians, there could not be any justification for the calls on him to relinquish some of the positions he holds.

Nyantakyi also confirmed what until yesterday afternoon many thought was speculation, when he admitted that there were player-related issues that proved inimical to the team’s objective at the tournament.

“It is true there were player-related issues. There were complaints by some of the senior players that some junior players were showing them disrespect in camp. It was also clear that some of the players were playing for themselves and not for the team.


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