Sports News of Monday, 28 July 2014
The clearest evidence of Randy Abbey seeking to takeover as the Ghana Football Association president has emerged after T-shirts campaigning for him emerged in Kumasi over the weekend.
The stage is now set for a fierce fight to unseat Kwesi Nyantakyi, who has led Ghana to many successes, as a member of his own GFA’s powerful executive committee is apparently seeking to oust him.
The GFA top job will be up for grabs in 2015 when elections are scheduled to take place and Abbey has consistently denied his interest in the job after initial rumours of his interest in the top post.
But the Randy Abbey’s 2015 campaign T-Shirts have been circulating in Kumasi since Friday with bold letters “We want Randy to rule GFA” with the rear reading BRING RANDY NOW.
Nyantakyi has signalled his intention to run for his third term in office – during which period Ghana football has undergone massive administrative and structural transformations.
Rumours were rife that fellow Executive Committee member Abbey would challenge Nyantakyi during the 2015 polls, and the emergence of the T-shirts has given some legs to the story.
The printing of the t-shirts has become something of public concern which sparked the distributor Bushkay to publicly declare that Abbey is not the source of funding for the elections campaign.
Abbey also insists he has no knowledge of the printing of the t-shirts, but the saga is expected to spark huge debates over next year’s elections.
“I don’t know the person called Buskay and I have not contracted anybody for the printing of campaign T-Shirts,” Abbey told Hot FM in Accra on Sunday night.
“I even got the message from two media men (Bright of Angel FM and Okocha of Happy FM) and I told them that I don’t have a stake in the printing of the T-Shirts.
“People should not promote rumours which are being peddled around that I’m the main financier of the printing of the T-Shirts.”
Despite the denials, the media and public will not take the matter lying down following the recent reports of people seeking to topple Nyantakyi.
He has previously thrashed his opponents at the polls, but this is the first time an Executive Committee member has been linked with seeking to fight the incumbent at elections.
This will also spark a debate about the credentials of the two people with their gravitas set to be analysed by the media to provide some interesting times ahead for Ghana football.