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Head of the Speaker of Parliament’s Communication says Speaker Alban Bagbin’s comment on former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Kwesi Nyantakyi during his engagement with the press in Parliament on Monday was misinterpreted.

According to Peter Bamfo, the Speaker cited “a mere example” of how the “structure of the global community, deepened by geopolitics and the complexity of power play has made communities pay for the sins of their leaders.”

Thus, it was amusing that the interaction, which bothered on the well-being of the pressmen and the development of their skills was rather marginalised to focus on the former GFA boss who has been suspended from football administration.

“The Speaker alluded that the forced exit of Mr Nyantakyi from local and international football administration illuminated the price there was to pay for corruption that goes beyond the person perpetuating it and sometimes affects a whole nation or even the global community as was in the case of Mr Nyantakyi,” he clarified.

“The price of the mistakes or recklessness of leadership could indeed have a devastating effect on even the most vulnerable and innocent individuals in their communities and that is why the conduct of leaders must at all times be under critical public scrutiny,” he added.

Mr Bagbin was reported to have attributed the woes of the Ghana Black Stars to the sacking of Kwesi Nyantakyi.

He noted that Mr Nyantakyi “was a dynamic addition” who contributed immensely to the success of the national team, however, his dismissal following the release of the Number 12 documentary, was the genesis of all the problems with the senior national team.

“When we were able to bring down Kwesi Nyantakyi, we also brought down Ghana football,” Mr Bagbin said.

But in a statement, Mr Bamfo explained that the Speaker meant although Mr Nyantakyi was a resourceful person in sports, his conduct affected the beautiful game.

“Let’s step beyond that and let’s examine the forum at which the statement was made, and that would help us expose the unfortunate misinterpretations contained in some of the media reports that have flooded the media space since Monday afternoon when the Speaker had the rather well-intended interaction with the Press Corps he holds so dearly,” he stated.