By Alex Osei-Boateng ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
World football governing body FIFA cleared
Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi to contest in the forthcoming
FIFA executive council election to be held on March 16 in the
Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the GFA said on Tuesday.
Nyantakyi, incumbent member of the expanded FIFA council, passed an
integrity check carried out by FIFA’s governance committee in
conformity with relevant article of the governance regulations, thus
making way for him to contest for an African seat on the council.
Under the new FIFA reform laws, persons who hold or seek to hold an
official FIFA position must undergo an integrity check prior to
their election or re-election, and failure to pass the check would
have disqualified the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
Nyantakyi, who is also a member of the CAF executive committee, is
the first ever Ghanaian to be elected to the highest FIFA board.
The other candidates approved to stand in the FIFA council elections
were Constant Omari (Congo), Lydia Nsekera (Burundi), Kwesi
Nyantakyi (Ghana), Leodegar Chilla Tenga (Tanzania), Almamy Kabele
Camara (Guinea), Hany Abo Rida (Egypt), Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia),
and Agustin Diallo (Ivory Coast).
The new FIFA council replaced the erstwhile FIFA executive
committee, which was disbanded following recent reforms in FIFA.