Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations


The ban was imposed one day after the Ghanaian government dissolved the country's football association (GFA) after officials, including Mr Nyantakyi, were shown in a documentary allegedly taking kickbacks.

In a statement carried on the GFA website, Nyantakyi apologised "unreservedly" for "a series of errors of indiscretion" after Federation Internationale de Football Association launched an ethics investigation into his activities.

The Ghana Football Association however says it was not given an opportunity to watch the documentary and request the Tiger Eye PI team that produced it to furnish them with recorded material from the documentary. In the said report I committeed a series of errors of indiscretion.

Nyantakyi went ahead to "apologise unreservedly to the father of the Nation, H.E. Nana Akufo Addo, H.E. the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, Hon. I take sole and personal responsibility for the proceedings on the video", he added.

"I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them. This is by no means an admission of wrong doing for issues on the video" he said.

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Nyantakyi was accused in an explosive documentary called "Number 12", aired on Wednesday by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, of soliciting bribes amounting to several million dollars.

The CAF vice-president went on to agree and write up the sponsorship deal on behalf of the GFA, which could have allowed a cut to go to a company he owned.

The Ministry say they have been forced to act "as a result of the pervasive nature of the rot within the GFA" and that they have "taken immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved".

Youth and Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah told KweséESPN that the dissolution means all football activity is on hold in the country. "The league is suspended until further notice as well as all activities and all programs of the Ghana Football Association".

This means Mr. Nyantakyi will not be able to vote next week to determine whether Morocco will be able to host the next World Cup.