Former Ghana FA President Nyantakyi banned for life
FIFA’s Adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has announced that the former chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been banned from any football related activities for life.
The Ghanaian ex-president Kwesi Nyantakyi announced his resignation in June after a corruption scandal that flew in the Ghanaian government as they had dissolved its national football association following a video surfacing of Ghanaian officials accepting bribes before matches.
The FIFA’s adjudicatory department has found Nyanyakyi guilty of having violated art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) and art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition.
Consequently the former president will be banned from any football related activities national and international, in addition to receiving a huge fine of CHF 500,000.
Nyantaki’s crime was revealed after an undercover investigation by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas who leaked the crime with a film of him receiving kickbacks worth $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.
Nyantaki took helm at office on December 30, 2005. During his reign, Ghanaian football experienced the most successful period of football on a worldwide scale having qualified to their first-ever FIFA World Cup in 2006, followed by successive qualifications to 2010 in South Africa, where they became the third-ever African team to reach the quarter-finals and 2014 in Brazil. Ghana also reached the Africa Cup of Nations final in 2010 and 2015 where they finished as runners up.
The Black Stars managed to qualify to the Africa Cup of Nations semis five consecutive times between 2008 until 2015, which is an African record.
On youth level the U-20 team managed to win the 2009 FIFA World Cup. The Ghanaians also managed to win the African Youth Championships in 2009 as well as finishing runners-up in 2013.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was notified with the ban and it comes into force immediately.
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