Ghana Football Association dissolved amid corruption allegations

Ghana Football Association dissolved amid corruption allegations

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.

Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is also a member of the FIFA Council, was seen in a hotel room taking a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league for up to $15 million over three years.

Nyantakyi's ban was confirmed by the ethics committee on Friday.

A statement, signed by Information Minister, Dr Mustapha Hamid, said "Government is shocked and outraged at the contents of the recently-aired video documentary, which captures the investigation conducted into football administration by the journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, titled "Number 12: When Misconduct and Greed become the Norm".

The football chief said "scammers" had "deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country".

After watching parts of the documentary last month, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo asked police to investigate Nyantakyi, and the soccer official was arrested. "This is by no means an admission of wrongdoing for issues on the video".

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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.

The Ministry say they have been forced to act "as a result of the pervasive nature of the rot within the GFA" and that they have "taken immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved".

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

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

Nyantakyi, who is also a member of the Federation Internationale de Football Association council, was pictured taking $65,000 from an undercover reporter, who posed as a business man.

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