Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

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Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

What began on Thursday morning as protection from a possible violent reaction from the public to an investigative documentary on corruption in football has turned into a take over as over 30 armed police officers both plainclothed and uniformed invaded the GFA premises in Accra around 5pm on Friday.

"After a meeting of the Executive Committee this afternoon I made a decision to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA)", he said in a statement.

In the said video, Nyantakyi was seen extorting monies from investors by using the name of the President.

Specifically, Nyantakyi requested $5 million for Akufo-Addo, $3 million for Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, $2 million for the roads minister, $1 million for a deputy roads minister and another $1 million for him and one of his aides. I take sole and personal responsibility for the proceedings on the video. "This is by no means an admission of wrongdoing for issues on the video", the statement said.

Minister for Youth and Sports Isaac Asiamah has disclosed that government has dissolved Ghana Football Association (GFA), following the premiering of Anas exposé to unravel rots in Ghana football.

Nyantakyi was filmed accepting $65,000 from undercover reporters from Tiger Eye PI, posing as investors interested in sponsoring the Ghana Premier League, in clear violation of FIFA's code of ethics, which bars members from accepting cash gifts. However, parts of its rules is that governments should not interfere in football administration.

He said the government would soon announce provisional measures to govern football activities until a new association could be formed.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has not yet commented on whether any action will be taken over the GFA's dissolution.

Ghana risks 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.

Under his tenure, the FIFA Executive member succeeded in qualifying Ghana for unprecedented three successive World Cup Finals in 2006 (Germany), 2010 (South Africa) and 2014 in Brazil.

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

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