Ghana Football Association Dissolved Following Documentary Exposing Widespread Corruption

11 June, 2018, 11:37 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from his post on Friday after he was implicated in a bribery exposé.

Ghanaians who stormed the Accra International Conference Centre Wednesday evening to watch the latest investigative piece on Ghana football dubbed: #number12 have called for the immediate resignation of Mr. Nyantakyi.

The football chief said "scammers" had "deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country". "This is by no means an admission of wrongdoing for issues on the video".

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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.

"I am yet to recover from the shock - 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.

He also apparently tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA in what the expose said was a "clear breach" of ethics.

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"Having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, NSA (National Sports Authority) officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, Government has made a decision to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved", Abdul-Hamid was quoted as saying by BBC.

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.

Ghana risks being suspended from the 2026 World Cup hosting vote next week, when it had been expected to vote for fellow African country Morocco against the joint bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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