Ghana Football Association dissolved amid corruption allegations

Ghana Football Association dissolved amid corruption allegations

Ghana Football Association dissolved amid corruption allegations

"After a meeting of the Executive Committee this afternoon I made a decision to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association".

President Akufo-Addo has since reported the conduct of Mr. Nyantakyi to the Criminal Investigations Department and has been subsequently charged with defrauding by false pretense.

He also apologised to Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, ministers and deputy ministers mentioned in the video for his indiscretion. I take sole and personal responsibility for the proceedings on the video. "This is by no means an admission of wrongdoing for issues on the video".

Nyantakyi, has been handed a 90-day FIFA ban to allow the investigation to begin at the world football level where he is a council member, he has also tendered in his resignation as GFA President. In one clip, Range Marwa, a major global referee from Kenya is seen taking $600 from a man reportedly posing as a Ghanaian official.

And in a bid to ensure "necessary reforms" to sanitise football administration in the country, the country's number one citizen announced the dismissal of Ghanaina FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi and his entire staff.

Abdul-Hamid said the government was "shocked and outraged" at the claims, which included referees apparently accepting bribes of at least $100 to throw matches.

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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.

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

Football is Ghana's national sport and the revelations have sent shockwaves through the country, just under a week before the start of the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, for which they failed to qualify.

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

Black Maidens won bronze at the U-17 World Cup.

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