Immediate-past Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Francis Oti Akenteng says he is disappointed to leave but will avail himself to help his successor should there be an approach.
Akenteng – a Fifa/Caf instructor – served as the head of the Technical Directorate of the GFA from March 2006 to March 31, 2020.
Despite his enormous experience in the game, the GFA Executive Council led by Kurt E.S Okraku decided not to extend his contract with the association.
“I am always available to help any time I am called upon. Ghana gave me a lot and I am always willing to serve my country when those in charge think I can help,” Oti Akenteng told Joy Sports.
He, however, expressed regret that he won’t get the chance to lead at a time more hands were going to be employed to assist the department.
“For the sake that the directorate is now recognized and experts will be employed for the Technical Director just to be supervising, that one, I must say I’m a bit disappointed because I have worked a lot.
“I have done so much on my own for it [GFA Technical Directorate] to be where it is, and now that people will be coming in where your work probably would be much seen by the country or people, you’re being asked to step aside. That’s my only worry.”
“That notwithstanding, I am sure I will be used in one way or the other. I am sure my contribution will still come in one way or the other,” Oti Akenteng added.
He also said that it would be wrong to compare his work to the person who will be selected as his successor since both worked under different conditions.
“When they employ people, someone will do something simple and comparatively, they will say ‘this man is doing better than Oti Akenteng. Probably, if Oti Akenteng were to have the resources the person has, he would have worked a hundred times better.
He, however, expressed his delight having headed the directorate for about fourteen years, although some did not appreciate his expertise in his homeland.
“I am so proud that I headed the technical directorate and built it to where it is. It is not easy to be at the pinnacle of a whole football association where all the technical decisions are on you.
“It is here [Ghana] that people don’t appreciate being a technical director. I have been to so many countries and was held and treated like a king.
“I was held in high esteem any time I went to seminars even in African countries. Ireland treated me like a King when I went there for two weeks. I represented Africa at the world level as a technical consultant, I led seminars on youth football development many times, so it is not a small thing to be the head of the technical department of the Ghana Football Association and I am proud I headed that position.”