New Edubiase United Boss Abdul Salam Yakubu Advises Ghana FA Presidential Aspirants To Speak Well

President of New Edubiase United Abdul Salam Yakubu has advised all those who will be interested in the becoming the next Ghana Football Association head to put up exemplary life following the latest banter between Kudjoe Fianoo and Kwesi Nayantakyi.

Fianoo, who heads the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), on Tuesday attacked the nation’s football governing body president Kwesi Nyantakyi and his vice George Afriyie over their frequent travellings, claiming that “”The GFA leadership have no interest in Ghana Football again”, adding that ”The FA president[Nyantakyi] travels more than some pilots.”

In a swift rebuttal, the CAF First Vice President advised Fianoo not to stay focus on his work as GHALCA chairman and not interfere in activities of the FA.

Nyantakyi posted social networking site Facebook, ”Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” These thoughts from Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt aptly apply to the circumstances of Ghana football today because of some pathetic and unfortunate comments by people who ought to know better.”

”The chairman of Ghalca, Mr Fianoo is reported to have said that GFA President and his Vice travel more than pilots while making some other disparaging and degrading remarks about the Chairmen of our Regional Football Associations.”

”It’s a notorious fact that the Presidency of the Ghana Football Association is not an executive position that requires the daily presence of the leader to implement decisions taken by its competent bodies. Even when I am in Accra duty does not require my presence in office on a daily basis. Where my presence is necessary I have made myself available. Modern management practices have allowed the authority to be delegated for designated schedules.”

”Full time administrators and staff have been employed to implement decisions taken by the Executive Committee. So to twists the facts with the main aim of deceiving the masses, is a crude attempt to sow seeds of disaffection for elected officials.”

”My duties at CAF have never conflicted or disabled me from discharging my duties at the GFA. The two roles are inextricably and interestingly connected. Just yesterday the UEFA Congress passed a new amendment that makes it mandatory for members of the UEFA executive committee to hold active positions on their federations as president, vice president, general secretary or chief executive officer. My last trip to the CAF exco meeting in Morocco and being part of the CAF delegation to the UEFA Congress in Bratislava offered the GFA, CAF and other African FAs direct benefits through my presence.”

”Trips abroad for meetings, seminars and workshops are a part and parcel of work ethics of every FA president and other executives. The trips are not for holidays.”

”Our cherished Regional FA Chairmen are engaged in the hard task of developing the game in every nook and cranny of the country and the least we can do for them is to ensure that they can reach the hinterlands where many ventures not to go.”

”We are determined to do our best for football in our country and continent. We wish to assure all that such comments won’t discourage us from delivering on our mandate of developing Ghana football and taking it to greater heights.”

”Mr Fianoo should kindly concentrate on his job as Ghalca chairman and desist from instigating discontent, hatred, opprobrium and dislike for me.”

And after listening to both sides of the exchange, Salam Yakubu admonished the assertion of the AshantiGold boss and all other who holds the desire to occupy the FA’s hot seat to show maturity in their statement.

“Those who want to contest for the GFA presidency next year should do the right thing because it’s the football people who will endorse them when the time comes “Salam Yakubu declared on Happy FM.

Nyantakyi declared he will not seek re-election when his tenure expires in 2019 and Fianoo has expressed his interest in succeeding him.

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