#12: Fmr Ghana FA boss Nyantakyi charged with fraud

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Kwesi Nyantakyi

Ghana’s former FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi and the former Northern Regional Representative of the GFA, Abdulai Alhassan, have been charged with fraud and corruption over their involvement in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas Number 12 exposé.

He pleaded not guilty and has since been granted a GhC1 million bail.

Principal State Attorney Victoria Asiedua told an Accra High Court Wednesday that the two executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of a non-existent company claiming to be attracting sponsorship for the Ghana Premier League. 

She did not oppose to the bail plea for the two.

The court ordered that the accused persons report themselves to the Police every Friday till the case is over.

Background

Embattled Nyantakyi came under heavy criticism after the content of ace journalists’ Anas Aremeyaw Anas investigative piece entitled ‘Number12’ aired in Ghana on the 6th of June 2018.

The piece captured Kwesi Nyantakyi supposedly taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman. The video among other things also captured top officials of the football association including its President, Nyantakyi allegedly taking bribes to influence the invitation of players to the national team, to influence the duration of playing time offered to some players and to influence the selection of unfit players and referees to participate in games.

Additionally,the Number 12 documentary captured more than 100 referees allegedly taking bribes to manipulate the outcome of games in a team’s favour. Following the first screening of the video which attracted more than 3,000 persons, many called for a complete dissolution of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and immediate resignation of its embattled president, Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was also the first Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) eventually resigned from all football-related positions few days after the video was aired. Fifa subsequently suspensed Kwesi Nyantakyi and later banned him for life.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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