Officials caught in Anas’ video asked to step aside

All officials who allegedly took bribe from undercover journalist captured in an investigative documentary titled ‘Number 12′ have been asked to “step aside” by the Ghana Football Association.
The decision was taken at the Executive Committee meeting of the GFA on Friday, a statement published on the official website of the FA said yesterday.

The affected officials include referees, match commissioners and football administrators.

They are to face the GFA’s ethics committee chaired by Commissioner of Police Kofi Boakye, who is also a lawyer by profession.

Until their fate is determined, the officials have also been ordered to “steer away from all football related activities with immediate effect”.

The president of GFA Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi who was also implicated in the documentary as well as his representative in the Northern sector has resigned from their respective positions.

The GFA has promised it would not interfere in the works of the Ethics Committee and pledged to embrace any decision that the Ethics Committee may come out with.

Meanwhile, government has blocked two officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) from flying to Russia to take part in an election to select the destination for the next World Cup, adomonline has reported.

The identities of the officials were yet to be confirmed as of press time yesterday but the block comes after government announced it is taking steps to dissolve the association which has been embroiled in bribery and corruption scandal.

The scandal exposed the GFA president Kwesi Nyantayki who held a prized seat among the 36-member FIFA Council which manages world football.

Kwesi Nyantakyi until his FIFA ban and resignation was expected to vote on behalf of Ghana when the 211-member countries meet in Russia on Wednesday to decide the 2026 World Cup destination.

The hosting right is between North American bid and Morocco with the North American bid, represented by Canada, seen as favourites. Morocco would bank a lot of hopes on its African connections where its 54 votes can be crucial.

President of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation was in Ghana last April to shore up support for the North African bid which would make it the second African country to host the tournament since South Africa in 2010.


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