BY Sylvester Worwee
Musa Hassan Bility’s backed candidate, Kwesi Nyantakyi was one of two contenders elected at the Confederation of African Football Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday, September 29, 2016 to fill the body’s two new seats on the Fifa Council.
Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association, and also an Executive Committee member of CAF received 31 votes; one more than third-placed Ahmad of Madagascar.
The Ghanaian FA boss was elected along with CAF’s second Vice President, Guinea’s Almamy Kabele Camara, who polled 37 votes, while Senegal Football Federation President Augustin Senghor finished fourth with nine votes.
The Guinean, like Sampon Kablan, FIFA Development Officer for West Africa observed proceedings at the Liberia Football Association Election Congress in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which saw Mr. Bility re-elected as president of Liberian football unopposed.
At the controversial Buchanan Congress, Bility persuaded CAF’s second vice president for the ballot box to be kept in a ‘dark room’, where voters would go and cast their votes.
Nyantakyi and Camara will hold their seats only until 17 March 2017, when they face re-election at the next Caf Congress, which is scheduled for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Prior to Thursday’s poll, Bility told the FrontpageAfrica Newspaper, “I’m not running.”
When asked why he’s not contesting given his much-publicized contribution to the election of FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, Bility said: “We have a candidate that I helped to select. It doesn't have to always be me. That's called selflessness.”
“Before, I would act alone and speak aloud. Now I speak a lot more than myself,” he said.
When further quizzed by the newspaper, who his candidate is and whether his decision not to contest is premised on the improved integrity checks, Bility said: “Our group chose the Ghana Football Association President [Nyantakyi] as one of two people we will vote for.”
Bility who was barred from contesting February’s FIFA Presidential elections after he failed the integrity checks, has contested every footballing election since his ascendency as LFA President on March 27, 2010.
In keeping with Article 27 of the 2016 FIFA statutes, an improved integrity check was conducted by the Review Committee on all of the candidates before they were finally confirmed for the ballot, reason pundits say forced ambitious Bility out of the race.
The two [Nyantakyi and Camara] thus join CAF President Issa Hayatou (Cameroon), Hani Abo Rida (Egypt), Constant Omari (DR Congo), Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia) and Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) as Africans on the FIFA Council to complete a seven-member African delegation at a meeting of the expanded Fifa Council slated for October13-14, later this year.
Meanwhile, CAF Extraordinary General Assembly held on September 29, 2016, rejected a proposal from the Djibouti Football Federation to end the rule, introduced just four years ago.
The rule restricts potential candidates for the Caf presidency only to members of its 15-man Executive Committee.
Mr. Bility appealed the new rules that barred anyone outside the Executive Committee from contesting the organization’s presidency after it was first adopted in 2012.
He was slapped with a six-month ban and US$10,000 fine after he was accused of accessing confidential information.
This was after Mr. Bility decided to support Jacques Anouma of The Ivory Coast in the Caf presidential race, as he sought to change the voting rules