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Ghana's football association dissolved after bribery claims

Ghana's football association dissolved after bribery claims

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.

Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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.

Ghana has said it will dissolve its national football association after Kwesi Nyantakyi was filmed apparently accepting a "cash gift".

"I hereby apologise unreservedly to the father of the Nation, H.E. Nana Akufo Addo, H.E. the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, Hon".

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

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A press release from FIFA, yesterday, announced Nyantakyi's ban from all football-related activities at both national and worldwide levels, leaving him with no option than to resign.

A statement, signed by Information Minister, Dr Mustapha Hamid, said "Government is shocked and outraged at the contents of the recently-aired video documentary, which captures the investigation conducted into football administration by the journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, titled "Number 12: When Misconduct and Greed become the Norm".

Ghana missed out on the World Cup which starts in Russian Federation on June 14.

GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi was recorded by undercover reporters in a video describing how to make money from a proposed sponsorship deal from a supposed investor, who was actually an undercover reporter.

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.