Ghana boss quits in wake of bribe clip

ZURICH • The head of Ghana's football federation, Kwesi Nyantakyi, said in a statement on Friday he had resigned after he was suspended by Fifa for possible ethics violations, having been accused of taking kickbacks.

"After a meeting of the executive committee this afternoon I decided to resign as president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA)," said Nyantakyi, who was filmed by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas while appearing to take a US$65,000 (S$86,700) bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian league.

In the documentary, he was accused of requesting US$11 million from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts. He also allegedly tried to profit personally from a US$5 million-a-year, five-year GFA sponsorship deal.

Fifa said on Friday it was suspending Nyantakyi for 90 days. The Ghanaian government has begun a process to dissolve the national football body. Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has also called for criminal investigations against Nyantakyi.

Fifa has not yet commented on whether any action will be taken over the government's plan to dissolve the GFA.

It could respond by suspending Ghana's membership, which would mean the country's national teams could no longer compete in international competitions. Ghana is hosting the Africa Women Cup of Nations this November.

The incident comes after Kenyan referee Aden Marwa resigned from the World Cup refereeing team after a secret video released by the BBC on Thursday showed him taking a bribe in Ghana.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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