Former Ghana Sports Minister, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has appealed on behalf of former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi to be freed from his current legal tussle with the government.
The Member of Parliament for Ododiodio constituency made this statement on the back of a recent call by some football administrators who have started the Free Nyantakyi Movement.
The former CAF first Vice president resigned from his seat following a documentary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas on corruption in Ghana football. Nyantakyi was seen in the video accepting gifts which were against the FIFA code of ethics, hence leading to his subsequent ban by FIFA.
Nii Lante has supported the call for Kwasi Nyantakyi to be freed by the government as he continues to face some legal charges.
“If people are yearning for free Nyantakyi movement I don’t think there is anything wrong. In this world, I think everybody should be given a second chance. Even God who created us forgives us our sins and offers us a second chance. Even murderers are given the chance in prisons to reform provided they are not killed,” he told Asampa FM in an interview.
Nii Lante who was noted for his hostile relationship with the GFA president during his time as Sports Minister said he had nothing against the former Ghana FA boss, just that they didn’t agree on certain issues.
“I don’t have anything against Nyatakyi as a person, he is my friend and I don’t believe he also has personal thing against me. We only did not agree on the paths to do certain things. It means that as human beings our path can cross at any time. He believed this is the way we have been doing things whiles I thought this is how we have to do it, and that should not bring a problem between us,” Mr. Vanderpuye said.
The former Ghana FA boss is serving a lifetime ban by FIFA.