The President of The Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has been enskinned as a new traditional chief with the title, Bolli Naa, ‘Chief of Soccer in Ghana’ for his immense contribution to the development and growth of the game in the country.
The Chief of Tamale, Dakpema Naa Alhassan Dawuni enskinned Nyantakyi, said this on Tuesday afternoon when the Black Stars paid a courtesy visit to his palace in Sabin Gida in central Tamale.
The Black Stars, were on a visit to the Chief’s palace to announce their presence in the land, ahead of the Wednesday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea.
The players and officials, visited the Chief to seek his blessing ahead of the crucial match, which was the first international competitive game for the Black Stars in Tamale.
All the 22 players, the technical team and management were part of the delegation that visited the Chief in his palace, where the contribution of Nyantakyi to the growth and development of the game in Ghana did not go unnoticed.
The Dakpena Naa, congratulated him for helping Ghana football to grow and gain international prominence.
The Chief of Tamale, used the opportunity to enskin him as the Bolli Naa, encouraging him to go on and develop the game in Ghana.
“Since Nyantakyi took over Ghana football, football has seen massive improvement. We have been to three World Cups under his reign and won the U20 World Cup under his reign,” the Dakpena Naa told hundreds of people from the community, who had gathered at the palace to see the Black Stars.
“Apart from this, we have seen several improvements in many areas in our game and it is necessary for us to tap into his knowledge, experience and leadership to continue to develop football in Ghana.
“Today I am enskinning him as the Bolli Naa of Ghana, which means we want him to do more to develop the game and improve the game in the country,” Dakpema Naa said as players, officials and the fans, who has thronged the palace cheered as Nyantakyi was dressed in the traditional attire and handed the magic stick to signify his ascension to the throne.
The GFA president, was made to take the traditional dance to signify his acceptance of his new position as a sub-chief in charge of football development.
Nyantakyi thanked the Chief of Tamale for the warm welcome the Black Stars received.
He promised that in his new position as the Bolli Naa he would continue to take Ghana to higher heights and also ensure that all part of the country enjoy a fair share of the national team’s matches.