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Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Ghana Football Association dissolved after release of Documentary Exposing Corruption

Ghana Football Association dissolved after release of Documentary Exposing 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.

President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi has been banned from all football related activities for 90 days by an independent Ethics Committee of FIFA with immediate effect.

As a result, Ghana's Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid says they will dissolve the Football Association.

What began on Thursday morning as protection from a possible violent reaction from the public to an investigative documentary on corruption in football has turned into a take over as over 30 armed police officers both plainclothed and uniformed invaded the GFA premises in Accra around 5pm on Friday.

The statement added that the government will announce provisional measures to govern football until a new body is formed, and that it would inform FIFA and the Confederation of African Football of its decision. "The GFA dissolved", the Sports Ministed is quoted to have told Joy FM.

"This means all football activity is on hold", he began. He is considered the second most powerful person in Ghanaian football.

Ghana, who have played at three previous World Cups, missed out on the this year's tournament which starts in Russian Federation on June 14. The duration of the ban may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days.

"I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them".

"After a meeting of the Executive Committee this afternoon I chose to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association", Nyantakyi's statement began.

He is already facing investigations from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service after President Akufo-Addo filed a complaint after watching excerpts of Anas' video that the embattled FA President was using his name to lure foreign investors.

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