Ghana chief Kwesi Nyantakyi suspended by FIFA and under investigation

Eileen GuzmanJun 09, 2018

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

"Though the GFA did not commission Tiger Eye PI to undertake this exercise and have not been provided with the opportunity of watching the documentary, we view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them", the FA said in a statement. "I believe the current AG will pick it up and look into it", she said.

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".

A release signed by the embattled president said his comments in the conversation in the private discussion he had with "scammers" were acts of "indiscretion". "I take sole and personal responsibility for the proceedings on the video", he added.

Nyantakyi was pictured taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter, who pretended to be a businessman keen to invest in Ghanaian football.

He also apologised to his "family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them".

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.

Ghana's government on Thursday said the documentary had exposed "gross malfunctioning... characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery" at the GFA.

Youth and Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah confirmed to KweséESPN that the dissolution of the football association means that all of the football activity within the country is on hold, including the domestic league.

Nyantakyi's comes two days after Anas premiered his much talked about investigative piece on football corruption in Ghana.

The football association issued a statement last month backing their president and saying he was innocent until proven guilty.

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