Nyantakyi apologises to Akufo-Addo, resigns

Nyantakyi apologises to Akufo-Addo, resigns

Ghana has dissolved its national football association, after its president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was filmed apparently accepting a "cash gift".

"The chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee has provisionally banned the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and FIFA Council member, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, for a duration of 90 days".

Nyantakyi was pictured taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter, who pretended to be a businessman keen to invest in Ghanaian football. The Ghana Football Association issued a statement last month backing their president and saying he was innocent until proven guilty.

"The conduct of all officials of the GFA, together with that of the suspended Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Robert Sarfo Mensah, shown in the documentary to be involved in questionable, potentially criminal acts, is forthwith, referred to the Police for further investigation and appropriate action".

"... I think that the GFA presidency has nothing to do with particularly most of the revelations, I don't think that as GFA President we can say that he [Kwasi Nyantakyi] took monies to compromise the FA".

The Ministry say they have been forced to act "as a result of the pervasive nature of the rot within the GFA" and that they have "taken immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved".

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According to Nyantakyi, he was deceived by the undercover journalists which he described as "scammers", he also apologised to President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Bawumia and the Ministers of state for associating them with the private conversations on the video.

Abdul-Hamid said interim measures would soon be announced.

Ghana's U-20 team also won a historic World Cup under his reign.

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.

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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