Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations
08 June, 2018, 19:34
World football-governing body FIFA has handed a 90-day provisional ban on embattled Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi from engaging in any football activity.
Government, in a statement signed by Minister of Information, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said following the involvement of top GFA officials, NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees in corruption as captured in the undercover piece, it has chose to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved.
Several match officials and football administrators, including the President of the Ghana Football Association have been captured on camera receiving monies when the Anas expose' was premiered on Wednesday.
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.
The football association issued a statement last month backing their president and saying he was innocent until proven guilty.
In different segments, other soccer officials such as referees were shown accepting bribes ranging from goats to cash sums of 300 to 4 000 cedis ($64-$858) to make favourable decisions. All the national teams represent Ghana and they sing Ghana National anthem, and so the government comes in.
"The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption". Ghana missed out on the World Cup which starts in Russian Federation on June 14.
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