Ghana Football Association Dissolved Following Documentary Exposing Widespread Corruption

Ghana Football Association Dissolved Following Documentary Exposing Widespread Corruption

Ghana Football Association Dissolved Following Documentary Exposing Widespread Corruption

The investigation, by controversial journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas, invited Mr Nyantakyi to a luxury hotel in the Middle East with the promise of meeting a wealthy businessman it said was interested in a sponsorship deal with the GFA.

One of the harshest offenses shown was carried out by Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of GFA and a Federation Internationale de Football Association council member, who is seen taking $65,000 from Anas' men.

The video detailed alleged bribery involving more than 70 referees, match commissioners, FA executive members and top officials at the Ghana Sports Authority taking monies to fix matches, influence player selection and referees appointments as well as visa acquisition.

"It stemmed out of the controversies generated by investigative report of Tiger Eye PI".

According to him, Kwasi Nyantakyi's comments in the video were to urge the supposed investor to part with money for his personal use.

This follows the public screening of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas' documentary titled Number 12 - which was premiered on Wednesday at the Accra International Conference Centre.

In the film, Mr Nyantakyi went on to both negotiate and write up the sponsorship deal on behalf of the GFA, which could have allowed a cut to go to a company he owned.

BBC reports that Ghana's information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government had "decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved", citing the "widespread nature of the apparent rot".

Youth and Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah confirmed to KweséESPN that the dissolution of the football association means that all of the football activity within the country is on hold, including the domestic league.

After watching parts of the documentary last month, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo asked police to investigate Nyantakyi, and the soccer official was arrested.

Ghana also risk 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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