June 18, 2018

Ghana FA Dissolved After Undercover Report Exposes Corruption

08 June 2018, 07:31 | Joan Schultz

President Nana Akufo Addo

President Nana Akufo Addo

"The documentary exposes the gross malfunction of the Ghana Football Association, characterized by widespread fraud, corruption, and bribery", read the statement, which was signed by Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid.

Ghana has said it will dissolve its national football association after Kwesi Nyantakyi was filmed apparently accepting a "cash gift".

Anas the undercover reporter pretended to be a businessman from a Middle Eastern company wanting to invest in Ghanaian football.

He has not commented on the allegations.

The duration of the ban by the Ethics Committee of world football governing body may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days.

The President of the Ghana Football Association who also doubles as a FIFA Council Member was filmed collecting $65,000 from "investors" to influence the president, vice-president and the roads minister to get road contracts.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association rules forbids officials from receiving cash gifts.

Government, in a statement signed by Minister of Information, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said following the involvement of top GFA officials, NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees in corruption as captured in the undercover piece, it has chose to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved.

Akufo-Addo, who watched the video last month, denied any knowledge of Nyantakyi's claims and has instigated a criminal investigation against the administrator for fraudulently using the President's name.

Nyantakyi was invited to a luxury hotel in the Middle East with the promise of a meeting with a wealthy businessman interested in a sponsorship deal with the GFA.

Correspondents say that had the fictitious deal gone ahead, he could potentially have made $4.5m from the diversion of funds.

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