BEVERLY HILLS, October 31, (THEWILL) – World football governing body Fifa has banned Kwesi Nyantakyi, former president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), from all football-related activities.
The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA found Nyantakyi guilty of violating Article 19 (conflict of interest), Article 21 (bribery and corruption) and Article 22 (commission) of the FIFA code of ethics.
The former FIFA council was on June 8 suspended from football-related activities while under investigation for taking cash gifts.
A television documentary showed the former vice-president of Confederation of African Federation (CAF) receiving $65,000 in cash from undercover reporters posing as businessmen.
FIFA launched an investigation after the report.
Apart from being banned for life from all football-related activities, Nyantakyi was also fined CHF 500,000.
The decision which has been communicated to Nyantakyi takes effect immediately.
The film was captured by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and BBC Africa’s investigations unit, Africa Eye, received exclusive access to the footage.
Nyantakyi later resigned his CAF and FIFA posts but claimed the footage had been doctored to falsely incriminate him.
This brings to an end the career of the man considered as the most successful GFA president in the history of Ghana football.
Nyantakyi reigned as GFA president for 13 years and helped Ghana’s Black Stars to qualify for three successive FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014).
He rose through the ranks to become the Vice President of the Confederation of African Football. He was highly tipped to take over from current CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in the near future.