Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Breaking Kwesi Nyantakyi resigns from Ghana Football Association

Breaking Kwesi Nyantakyi resigns from Ghana Football Association

Ghana's football association (GFA) has pledged that it will not attempt to cover up or shield any of its members implicated in alleged acts of corruption.

And the government of the Republic of Ghana Akufo-Addo who was even mentioned in the video by the GFA president in his quest to use his name to collect monies from investors is taking steps to dissolve the Ghana football governing body the the rots that have engulfed it.

His resignation follows a crunch meeting between him and the GFA's Executive Committee on Friday. "Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State for indiscretion in associating them with the private conversations on the video", Nyantakyi's statement continued.

The video also showed Nyantakyi offering to facilitate the award of key government contracts to the businessman on conditions that he paid kickbacks totalling $12-million through him to top officials, including President Nana Akufo-Addo.

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

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"I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them. It's a sad day for Ghana football and I believe there's an urgent need to clean up our football administration", 42-year old soccer enthusiast Michael Blagogee told Reuters as he exited the auditorium holding his head.

In a statement carried on the GFA website, Nyantakyi apologised "unreservedly" for "a series of errors of indiscretion" after Federation Internationale de Football Association launched an ethics investigation into his activities.

His temporary ban means there is a prima facie case for the Adjudicatory Chamber to look into its merit.

Ghana football boss Kwesi Nyantakyi, a member of FIFA's decision-making council, is under investigation for possible ethics violations and has been provisionally suspended for 90 days, FIFA said on Friday.

Before the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Nyantakyi was accused of signing a $170,000-deal for Ghana to play in a friendly organised by match fixers.

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