Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

Nyantakyi caught on camera

The Ghana Football Association is being disbanded following the information brought forward by Anas Aremeyaw Anas' When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm, reportsBBC Africa. In the said report, I committed a series of errors of indiscretion.

In the said video, Nyantakyi was seen extorting monies from investors by using the name of the President. "This is by no means an admission of wrongdoing for issues on the video", the statement said.

Indications are that the GFA will soon announce further plans on the way forward.

Nyantakyi, a member of FIFA's decision-making Council, also apologised to Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo and the government for what he called his "indiscretion".

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

Mr Nyantakyi was filmed in a hotel room appearing to take a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league. However, parts of its rules is that governments should not interfere in football administration.

The GFA said it would cooperate with any investigation.

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"As a result of the pervasive nature of the rot within GFA, government, therefore, has made a decision to investigate the conduct of all officials of the GFA, together with that of the suspended acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Robert Sarfo-Mensah, shown in the documentary to be involved in questionable, potentially criminal acts, is, forthwith, referred to the police for further investigation and appropriate action".

Provisional measures will be put in place to run the sport in Ghana until a new body is formed.

Nyanyakyi's resignation means the Ghana Football Association are now without a president and a vice president after George Afriyie was sacked from his post a month ago.

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 Ghana's national sport and the revelations have sent shockwaves through the country, just under a week before the start of the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, for which they failed to qualify.

Black Maidens won bronze at the U-17 World Cup.

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