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FIFA provisionally bans CAF Vice-president Kwesi Nyantakyi

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FIFA Ethics Committee has provisionally banned Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi for 90 days pending formal investigations into the damning corruption allegations against him.

Kwesi is a FIFA Council member and also the first vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The decision comes days after a documentary by highly regarded Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas “exposed” rot in the GFA with Nyantakyi and other high ranking officials heavily implicated in high octane corruption.

“The duration of the ban may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days.

“During this time, Mr. Nyantaky is banned from all football activities at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other). The ban comes into force immediately,” FIFA’s statement reads.

“The decision was taken upon the request of the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee carrying out the formal investigation proceedings into Mr. Nyantakyi, pursuant to art. 83 par. 84 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”

Following the revelations which also captured over 100 referees within the country and outside receiving bribes to influence games, the government, through the ministry of sports Thursday initiated steps to disband the GFA.

All football activities in the country that was earmarked to host the Africa Women Cup of Nations in September this year were also suspended.

Kwesi is yet to issue an official communication over the revelations, neither has CAF given a statement.

 

 

About Bonface Osano

African Football Writer contributing @Soka25east | Commentator; appeared on @MySoccerAfrica, @KweseSports, @ntvkenya, others | Keen follower of African Football. E-mail: bonfaceosano@gmail.com

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