Ghanaian government to dissolve football association after bribery allegations

Mae Love
June 10, 2018

Ghana's information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government would dissolve the GFA because of the "widespread nature of the apparent rot".

Mr. Nyantakyi, who stubbornly held on to his position despite several calls for him to resign, finally succumbed to pressure after his embarrassing conduct in the latest expose of ace investigative journalist, Anas.

GFA president Nyantakyi is also seen on video negotiating for a 25 percent cut of a sponsorship deal meant for the federation to be diverted to a company he owns.

He also boasted of his relationship with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, suggesting the president and his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, were susceptible to bribery, and that the two could be influenced with $5 million and $3 million respectively.

Embattled former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi says he did no wrong in the Anas Expose but reveals he was deceived by a group of scammers.

FIFA have given Nyantakyi a 90-day ban from all football related activities with immediate effect.

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The Ghanaian government has chose to dissolve the country's football association after claims, in an undercover documentary, of bribe-taking by referees and kickbacks to top officials.

"Government will soon announce provisional measures to govern football activity in the country until a new body is duly formed".

"Consequently, the police are to take all such relevant measures as are necessary to ensure that the contents of the documentary are rapidly and thoroughly investigated; having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, top NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, government has made a decision to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved".

Ghana risks 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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