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21.01.2011 Sports News

Odotei on Nyantakyi's neck

By Ghanaian Chronicle
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Aspiring Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Mr. Vincent Sowah Odotei has laid the blame of the delay in the release of Globacom sponsorship money at the door step of the Kwasi Nyantakyi led administration.

According to the King Faisal CEO, Mr. Nyantakyi has allowed a lot of water to pass under the bridge, regarding the release of the sponsorship money.

Globacom, sponsors of the local league, has not honoured its part of the contract, citing reasons beyond its control, and rendering the 16-premier clubs financially impaired.

Speaking to Asempa FM's Moses Antwi Benefoh (PJ) in an interview yesterday, he revealed that: 'the gap is needless, the FA should have engaged the clubs and its officials to explain the real situation on the ground, so that there would be no vacuum for speculation.'

He added that the FA has been silent on the issue, and he believes that is not healthy for the league.

Responding to how he would have handled the situation if he was in Nyantakyi's shoes, he noted that he would have resorted to 'communication', 'engagement' and 'collaboration' approach, with the game's stakeholders to ease the clubs of their financial burden.

'I would have engaged the private sector regarding sponsorship to help the clubs, as well as sit with officials of the club and tell them 'guys, let's do this or that,' said Odotei.

Nicknamed 'Obama', the former Hearts of Oak Chief Executive revealed that the FA has refused to learn from the past, hence the financial difficulty the clubs find themselves in.

'One thing about leadership is to prevent fire, and not always combat it.'

Obama dared the agent that brokered the deal (Mid Sea) to come out and explain what has accounted for the delay of the sponsorship package, saying 'definitely the brokers should come forward if only they exist.'

He added: 'there are so many options to arrest this problem, we can sit with Glo and leverage the deal.' Mr. Odotei cautioned the Nyantakyi led administration to desist from towing the political line, else they will be the losers in the end.

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