Concerns have been raised about the strained relationship between Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi and his vice president George Afriyie.
Sports minister Isaac Asiamah claims he has tried to reconcile the two and it is unknown what has been the cause of the tiff which could wreck the nation’s football.
However, Nyantakyi, who is also first vice president of Confederation of African Football, has played down the severity of the feud.
“I don’t know but I think that every human institution will one time or the other encounter difficulties but the strength in the institution is your ability to overcome these challenges and move forward and I think there are no issues for us to contain ourselves with” Nyantakyi told Joy Sports.
For GFA executive committee member Frank Nelson Nwokolo the incident is bad publicity for the association and wants colleagues to intervene for Nyantakyi and Afriyie to reach a rapprochement.
“Yes we heard about text messages and heard about issues, so some of us will condemn and will condemn till death. I don’t think it’s a big issue. People like us are around and I believe that George is my brother and any time I speak to him, whatever his position is, he will definitely recall.’’
‘’We must put our best and make sure they resolve as they are our brothers. It will not be good for me to say that tomorrow president Kwesi and George are not in talking terms for one reason or the other.’’
‘’They have been friends, brothers, they have sat together, sleepless nights thinking about this nation in terms of football, travel together, stay in hotel rooms, share things and food together. So why is it that this time we close our eyes and say these people should go apart? It is not possible.”
Nyantakyi and Afriyie are said to be at loggerheads after the former chanced on a text message by his right hand man describing him as ‘’greedy, wicked and selfish’’.
This was after the duo engaged in a public spat in the United States when Black Stars took on Mexico and USA in international friendlies.
A source closed to the Black Stars team in America told Happy FM: ‘’Nyantakyi questioned George Afriyie on why he allowed Asamoah Gyan to pay for bills with his master card while George Afriyie also accused Kwesi Nyantakyi of keeping him in the dark over the arrangements of the friendlies Ghana played in the United States".
The alleged tension came to bare when Nyantakyi allegedly snubbed his second in command during the launch of the WAFU Nations Cup Tournament last week in Accra.
However, the Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah has revealed ‘’they are ready to work again" after a closed door meeting with Nyanatakyi and Afriyie.