Kwesi Nyantakyi

Kwesi Nyantakyi

Kwesi Nyantakyi in 2014
President of the Ghana Football Association
Assumed office
Preceded by Dr. N. Nyaho-Tamakloe
Personal details
Born Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Occupation Banker
Football administrator

Kwesi Nyantakyi is a Ghanaian banker and a lawyer [1] He is the current president of the Ghana Football Association and owner of Ghana Premier League club All Stars F.C..[2]

President of GFA

Kwesi Nyantakyi become the president of the Ghana Football Association on 30 December 2005. Nyantakyi defeated two other candidates, Ade Coker and Kojo Bonsu.[3] He is regarded as the most successful Ghana Football Association boss since its establishment in 1957. Under his presidency, Ghana qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first for the country. Ghana again qualified for the subsequent 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Ghana U-20 football team also won Africa's first and only U-20 World Cup also during his stewardship in 2009.[3]

President of WAFU

In 2011, when the then West African Football Union president, Amos Adamu, was suspended by FIFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi was given the nod to be the interim president of WAFU until elections were conducted.[4] When the union conducted its elections on 31 May 2011, Mr. Nyantakyi was elected president for a two-year term.[5][6] He stood unopposed in the November 2013 elections and was re-appointed for another two-year term as president.[7]

International Football Appointments

Nyantakyi has held several international positions in football. The appointments cut across sub regional, regional to the international state. His appointments include:


Kwesi Nyantaky has endeared himself very much to most Ghanaians due to his several achievements as a football administratior. In 2012 he was named the thirty second most influential Ghanaian.[11]

Match fixing allegations

An undercover investigation led by The Telegraph and Channel 4 accused Kwesi Nyantaky and other officials of the Ghana Federation of match-fixing. According to this information, the accusations involve just the international friendlies - thus, the World Cup matches wouldn't be affected by the suspictions[12] Kwesi Nyantakyi denied agreeing match fixing allegations by saying that "the report of the newspaper or the media house is entirely not accurate", because "there is really no cause for alarm as far as I am concerned because nothing untoward has happened involving me or the Federation".[13]


  1. "I nearly gave up- Nyantakyi". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  2. "Black Stars". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Kwesi Nyantakyi marks eight years as Ghana FA boss today". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. "Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi elected WAFU president". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  5. "Nyantakyi retains WAFU presidency". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  6. "Nyantakyi re-elected WAFU boss". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  7. "Kwesi Nyantakyi begins second term as WAFU boss". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  8. "Fifa appoints GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi London 2012 Olympics match commissioner". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  9. "Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi gets fresh FIFA post, named on Associations Committee". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  10. "Caf's Nyantakyi and Camara elected to Fifa council". BBC. 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  11. "Ghana's 100 Most Influential personalities in 2012 finally revealed". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  12. "Football match-fixing: Ghana deal casts cloud over World Cup finals in Brazil". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  13. "Nyantakyi denies agreeing match fixing contract". Ghana Football Federation. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
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