Kwesi Nyantakyi resigns as Ghana FA President after bribery exposé

Kwesi Nyantakyi resigns as Ghana FA President after bribery exposé

In the two-hour documentary - "When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm", released on Wednesday - several Ghanaian referees and appointing officials are shown allegedly accepting cash gifts in exchange for fixing games in the Ghana Premier League, including one between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, and cup competitions at various levels of the game.

David Prah argued that Kwesi Nyantakyi could not have mentioned the former President's name in his statement to the CID if he (Kwesi Nyantakyi) did not know what he was talking about. During this time, Mr. Nyantakyi is banned from all football activities at both national and worldwide level (administrative, sports or any other).

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

The latest documentary from controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anasexposes this unfortunate truth.

Nyantakyi, who is vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and also a member of the Fifa Council, was filmed in a luxury hotel in the Middle East, where he was made to believe he was meeting a wealthy businessman.

"As a result of the pervasive nature of the rot within GFA, government, therefore, has chose 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".

Ghana's information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government would dissolve the GFA because of the "widespread nature of the apparent rot".

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

The conduct of all GFA officials and the suspended director-general of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo Mensah, was referred to police for further investigation and any "appropriate action", he added. They will also drop out of the U20 World Cup.

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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