Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Kwesi Nyantakyi over Anas exposé

Roman Schwartz
June 10, 2018

President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana Kwabena Yeboah has been appointed as acting Ghana Football Association President.

Ghana has chose to dissolve its national football association a day after officials, including the body's president, were shown in a documentary taking kickbacks.

The FA has been caught up in a mess as the video - produced by renowned Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye Private Investigations outfit - exposed corruption and match-fixing activities of top officials and referees.

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

FIFA responded earlier on Friday by banning Nyantakyi from "all football-related activity" for 90 days pending an investigation with a possible further suspension of up to 45 days.

As a result, Ghana's Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid says they will dissolve the Football Association.

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.

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Sanders expressed condolences to the victims and said the US would continue to coordinate with the Guatemalan government. A group of police officers saw what the family was doing and came to lend shovels and help with the digging.

"I am yet to recover from the shock - It's a sad day for Ghana football and I believe there's an urgent need to clean up our football administration", 42-year old soccer enthusiast Michael Blagogee told Reuters as he exited the auditorium holding his head.

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

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.

A police vehicle is pictured at the premises of Ghana Football Association in Accra.

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

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.

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