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Tata Avlessi withdraws from Caf race to back Nyantakyi

Tata Avlessi withdraws from Caf race to back Nyantakyi

Ex-Togo boss Tata Avlessi has withdrawn from next week’s Caf Executive Committee elections to back rival candidate Kwesi Nyantakyi.  (Photo: Avlessi has withdrawn from the Caf race to back Kwesi Nyantakyi)

Avlessi was among the four candidates who applied to contest the position in Wednesday’s elections in Sudan.

The other two candidates are Anjorin Moucharafou, the Benin FA boss, and ex-Niger federation leader Hima Suley.

Avlessi says after much consideration he has decided to step out of the race to back the Ghana FA boss.

“I have decided to withdraw from the Caf Executive Committee elections race to give my backing to Nyantakyi,” said Avlessi.

“I think he has done extremely well for African football since he has been in charge of the Ghana FA and I know he can translate this to Caf.

“That is why I have decided to withdraw from the race and back him to win the post even though the others too are good candidates.

“The recent successes in African football have been registered by Ghana at the World Cup last year and the U20 level and that’s why I have decided to back Nyantakyi.”

Ghana football has been on the rise since Nyantakyi took over as the Ghana FA chief, leading the country to two impressive World Cups in 2006 and last year.

Ghana also won Africa’s first U20 World Cup title when the Black Satellites beat Brazil two years ago in the final in Egypt.

The West Africa ‘B’ Caf Executive Committee position is vacant following the retirement Sey Memene of Togo.

Several other positions are up for grabs when the Caf elections are held during the continental government body’s general assembly is held in Khartoum on Wednesday.

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