Ghana football head Kwesi Nyantakyi banned by Fifa over 'cash gift'
10 June, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Samuel Sharp
Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from his post on Friday after he was implicated in a bribery exposé.
Nyantakyi, who has been GFA president since 2005 and was elected to the FIFA Council in September 2016, was filmed by an investigative journalist in a hotel room appearing to take a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league.
Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo has called for criminal investigations against Nyantakyi. I take sole and personal responsibility for the proceedings on the video.
His ban comes following an investigative piece from ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas' on corruption in Ghana Football where the GFA boss was caught on camera collecting cash from undercover reporters.
"I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them". During this time, Mr Nyantakyi is banned from all football activities at both national and worldwide level (administrative, sports or any other).The ban comes into force immediately.
Abdul-Hamid said the government was "shocked and outraged" at the claims, which included referees apparently accepting bribes of at least $100 to throw matches.
"Government will soon announce provisional measures to govern football activity in the country until a new body is duly formed".
A police vehicle is pictured at the premises of Ghana Football Association in Accra.
Federation Internationale de Football Association has not yet commented on whether any action will be taken over the government's plan to dissolve the GFA.
Ghana also risk being suspended from the 2026 World Cup hosting vote next week, when it had been expected to vote for fellow African country Morocco against the joint bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Football is by far the most popular sport in Ghana and while the national team, the Black Stars, failed to reach this year's World Cup finals, they were quarter-finalists in South Africa in 2010.
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