Ghana football head Kwesi Nyantakyi banned by Fifa over 'cash gift'

11 June, 2018, 11:38 | Author: Billie Castillo
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One of the harshest offenses shown was carried out by Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of GFA and a Federation Internationale de Football Association council member, who is seen taking $65,000 from Anas' men.

"... I think that the GFA presidency has nothing to do with particularly most of the revelations, I don't think that as GFA President we can say that he [Kwasi Nyantakyi] took monies to compromise the FA".

He also apologised to Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, ministers and deputy ministers mentioned in the video for his indiscretion. The Ghana Football Association issued a statement last month backing their president and saying he was innocent until proven guilty.

The football chief said "scammers" had "deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country". In one clip, Range Marwa, a major global referee from Kenya is seen taking $600 from a man reportedly posing as a Ghanaian official.

Government on Thursday indicated its resolve to dissolve GFA in a bid to sanitise football administration.

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.

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The documentary was screened on June 6 and 7 in Accra and the fallout resulted in the CAF Vice President and FIFA Council member tendering in his resignation to the GFA General Secretary, Isaac Addo.

"Having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, NSA [National Sports Authority] officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, government has made a decision to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved", he said.

Abdul-Hamid said interim measures would soon be announced.

Ghana's U-20 team also won a historic World Cup under his reign.

BBC African football analyst Nick Cavell says it seems unlikely that Ghana will be able to take part in Wednesday's vote for the next host of the 2026 World Cup.

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