Ghana football has taken a steep decline since I left office - Ex-GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi

Published on: 02 April 2024

Former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, believes Ghana football has taken a steep decline since his ousting from office.

Nyantakyi, who stepped down from his positions at the Ghana FA, CAF, and FIFA due to his involvement in the Anas documentary, has now announced his intention to run for the Ejisu Constituency seat in an upcoming by-election.

In an interview with Onua TV, Nyantakyi emphasized the underwhelming showings of the Black Stars in recent AFCON tournaments as indicative of the sport's decline in Ghana.

He noted the stark contrast between the team's past successes, consistently reaching the semi-finals from 2008 to 2017, and their current early exits since 2019.

"Ghana football is not at a desirable level. Since 2019, we have consistently exited the AFCON tournament either in the first round or during the group stage," he remarked.

"But from 2008 till 2017, we always made the semi-finals of the AFCON. We finished in third place in 2008, second in 2010, semi-finals in 2012 and 2015, second in 2015 and semi-finals in 2017.

‘‘But since 2019, we have always exited after the first round or even in the group stage. So if you drew a graph, you’d see a steep slope. So we all need to help to raise the level again.’’