GFA dissolved by Ghana government

11 June, 2018, 11:39 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Kwesi Nyantakyi- Ghana FA president

"After a meeting of the Executive Committee this afternoon I chose to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association".

Kwesi Nyantakyi's apology and resignation come a day after the government announced a dissolution of the Ghana Football Association and hours after FIFA banned the embattled football president for 90 days.

"The documentary exposes the gross malfunctioning of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), characterized by the widespread fraud, corruption and bribery".

"In the said report I committed a series of errors of indiscretion".

The investigation, by controversial journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas, invited Mr Nyantakyi to a luxury hotel in the Middle East with the promise of meeting a wealthy businessman it said was interested in a sponsorship deal with the GFA. "This is by no means an admission of wrongdoing for issues on the video".

This action follows after Anas released the investigative documentary, titled 'Number 12: on Wednesday showing over 70 referees and other football officials taking bribes before games with the intention of manipulating the outcomes of the games and selections.

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Specifically, Nyantakyi requested $5 million for Akufo-Addo, $3 million for Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, $2 million for the roads minister, $1 million for a deputy roads minister and another $1 million for him and one of his aides.

Ghana's Sports Minister Isaac Asiama has stated that the association will be "dissolved with immediate effect", Ghana Web reports.

Asiamah said the decision had been a hard one to take, and is aware that it is likely to trigger some sort of action from world football's governing body FIFA, who strictly forbid the interference of government in the national federations.

Ghana, who have played at three previous World Cups, missed out on the this year's tournament which starts in Russian Federation on June 14.

"Every football activity in Ghana has been suspended indefinitely". Nyantakyi also has a role within FIFA's council, who are believed to be monitoring the situation.

"I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them".

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