Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has seen his coffin nailed following a lifetime ban from FIFA.
The world’s football governing body released a statement on Tuesday announcing that the Wa All Stars owner has been banned from all football related activities for life.
In addition, the lawyer and football administrator has also been fined an amount of CHF 500,000 ($496,000) by FIFA.
This comes after Nyantakyi was captured receiving a “cash gift” to compromise his position in an exposé by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The ruling from FIFA’s Ethics Committee has been received with mixed reactions from Ghanaians since the news broke Tuesaday evening.
But despite everything, there are still some deeds by Nyantakyi that are likely to remembered by most Ghanaians.
His 13-year reign as Ghana FA boss had both highs and lows and here are two critical scandal that he will be remembered for
1. The 2014 World Cup scandal
Just as the praises go, so are there low points in Nyantakyi’s 13-year reign as Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss.
One of those low points for Nyantakyi is the scandal that hit the national team during the 2014 World Cup hosted in Brazil.
Although it would be unfair to lay the whole blame on him, he was the FA President at the time and must take responsibility for what happened.
This was one of the most disgraceful moments in the history of Ghana football, with the country being exposed to international ridicule after players threatened to boycott a World Cup game over unpaid bonuses.
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2. The Anas exposé
Indeed, the biggest thing that Kwesi Nyantakyi will be remembered for is his actions which were captured in the Anas exposé.
The former GFA boss was captured together with 77 other Ghanaian referees and football officials allegedly taking monies to compromise their positions.
In the case of Nyantakyi, he was captured taking a ‘cash gift’ of $65,000, while also shamefully advising reporters posed as investors on how to shortchange clubs in the Ghana Premier League when signing a sponsorship deal.
He has definitely done a lot of good, but this episode may never be forgotten and it was what led to his lifetime ban from FIFA.
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