Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

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Independent Ethics Committee has banned Ghana's Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi over corruption.

Abu was the gentleman who appeared in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas' investigative documentary as aide to embattled former GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, allegedly scheming to cheat the football association.

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.

GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi was recorded by undercover reporters in a video describing how to make money from a proposed sponsorship deal from a supposed investor, who was actually an undercover reporter.

He also boasted of his relationship with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, suggesting the president and his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, were susceptible to bribery, and that the two could be influenced with $5 million and $3 million respectively. Mr. Nyantakyi himself resigned hours after he was banned by FIFA and a day after government expressed intention to dissolve the association he heads.

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Government on Thursday indicated its resolve to dissolve GFA in a bid to sanitise football administration.

Information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said in a statement that the government was shocked and outraged at the contents of the documentary and would refer the alleged culprits to the police for investigation.

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

The statement added that the government will announce provisional measures to govern football until a new body is formed, and that it would inform FIFA and the Confederation of African Football of its decision.

The corruption and match-fixing scandal is the latest predicament of the FA following controversies surrounding Ghana's participation at the 2014 Fifa World Cup as well as the Black Stars' inability to qualify for this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

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