Ghanaian government to dissolve football association after bribery allegations

Martin Amidu with President Akufo-Addo

The Ghanaian government has chose to shut down the Ghanaian Football Association following allegations of corruption in the organisation that have surfaced in recent days.

After watching parts of the documentary last month, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo asked police to investigate Nyantakyi, and the soccer official was arrested. Mr. Nyantakyi himself resigned hours after he was banned by FIFA and a day after government expressed intention to dissolve the association he heads.

My decision is as a result of deliberations I have had with family and my associates.

Nyantakyi, a CAF vice president and member of the FIFA Council, told undercover reporters pretending to be wealthy businessmen interested in sponsoring the Ghana Premier League that he could set up a separate company to act as the agent in the supposed deal and charge between 20-25 percent from the GFA.

"The Police Administration is assuring the public of due processes and encouraging persons with verifiable information to volunteer it to Police through the Financial Forensic Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters at Accra".

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.

The conduct of all GFA officials and the suspended director-general of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo Mensah, was referred to police for further investigation and any "appropriate action", he added.

"Government will soon announce provisional measures to govern football activity in the country until a new body is duly formed".

Nyanyakyi's resignation means the Ghana Football Association are now without a president and a vice president after George Afriyie was sacked from his post a month ago.

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.

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