Friday, 19 October, 2018

Ghanaian government to dissolve football association after bribery allegations

Martin Amidu with President Akufo-Addo Martin Amidu with President Akufo-Addo
Russell Knight | 08 June, 2018, 16:12

The Ghana Football Association says it is looking into claims of corruption against several referees, officials and its president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, following an undercover investigation by local journalist Anas Amereyaw Anas.

Ghana's Sports Minister Isaac Asiama has stated that the association will be "dissolved with immediate effect", Ghana Web reports.

President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday dissolved the GFA after a private investigative company, Tiger Eye PI documented rampant bribery and corruption in the game.

"But we have to look at the bigger picture, the bigger picture is that there is zero tolerance at the Federation Internationale de Football Association level for any form of government interference", he said Friday on Joy FM 6 a.m news bulletin.

The Ghanaian government has made a decision to dissolve the country's football association after claims, in an undercover documentary, of bribe-taking by referees and kickbacks to top officials.

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"This means all football activity is on hold", he began. The Ghana Football Association issued a statement last month backing their president and saying he was innocent until proven guilty.

Asiamah said the decision had been a hard one to take, and is aware that it is likely to trigger some sort of action from world football's governing body FIFA, who strictly forbid the interference of government in the national federations.

Any FIFA ban could also affect the under-17 women's team, who are preparing for the U-17 World Cup; top club Aduana Stars, who are participating the CAF Confederation Cup; and the men's national team, who are due to play in three African Cup of Nations qualifiers later this year.

Mr Nyantakyi was seen in the video allegedly using the names of the President and the Vice-President to extort millions of dollars from some supposed investors.

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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