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Nyantakyi In Trouble! Quits GFA- FIFA Fires Him- Begs Nana

June 23 2018, 04:41 | Alonzo Simpson

Kwesi Nyantakyi- Ghana FA president

Kwesi Nyantakyi- Ghana FA president

The head of Ghana's soccer federation, Kwesi Nyantakyi, said on Friday he had resigned after he was suspended by global soccer body FIFA for possible ethics violations having been accused of taking kickbacks.

The beleaguered GFA boss, in a statement, said, "After a meeting of the executive committee this afternoon I chose to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association".

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.

The scandal has led to the resignation of indicted GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, who has also copped a provisional 90-day ban from all football activities by world football governing body Fifa.

His decision to step down follows an investigation by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who secretly filmed Mr. Nyankakyi discussing plans to set aside 25 per cent of a proposed sponsorship deal to a company he owns in a documentary called "When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm".

It added that "I hereby apologise unreservedly to the father of the nation, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, H.E. the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Hon. ministers and deputy ministers of state for indiscretion in associating them with the private conversations on the video". During this time, Mr Nyantakyi is banned from all football activities at both national and worldwide level (administrative, sports or any other).The ban comes into force immediately.

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Ghana's Sports Minister Isaac Asiama has stated that the association will be "dissolved with immediate effect", Ghana Web reports.

Abdul-Hamid said the government was "shocked and outraged" at the claims, which included referees apparently accepting bribes of at least $100 to throw matches.

Abdul-Hamid said interim measures would soon be announced.

A police vehicle is pictured at the premises of Ghana Football Association in Accra.

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

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