Embattled former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president of Ghana, Kwesi Nyantakyi has been officially banned by FIFA. The Independent Ethics Committee Adjudicatory Chamber of FIFA issued a statement on the official FIFA website about the life time ban from any football related activity both locally and internationally. Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 500,000 (GHC 2,410,726) has been imposed on Mr Nyantakyi. The Kwesi Nyantakyi ban comes just months after FIFA had suspended Kwesi Nyantakyi from any football related activity.
Why FIFA banned Kwesi Nyantakyi for life
FIFA's life time ban and fine on Kwesi Nyantakyi was justified due to the violation of 3 acts from the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition. As the former GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi should have been well acquainted with these laws. These acts are as follows -
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Article 19 - Conflicts of Interest
The Conflict of Interest article states that;
1. When performing an activity for FIFA or before being elected or appointed, persons bound by this Code shall disclose any personal interests that could be linked with their prospective activities.
2. Persons bound by this Code shall avoid any situation that could lead to conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interest arise if persons bound by this Code have, or appear to have, private or personal interests that detract from their ability to perform their duties with integrity in an independent and purposeful manner. Private or personal interests include gaining any possible advantage for the persons bound by this Code themselves, their family, relatives, friends and acquaintances.
3. Persons bound by this Code may not perform their duties in cases with an existing or potential conflict of interest. Any such conflict shall be immediately disclosed and notified to the organisation for which the person bound by this Code performs his duties.
4. If an objection is made concerning an existing or potential conflict of interest of a person bound by this Code, it shall be reported immediately to the organisation for which the person bound by this Code performs his duties for appropriate measures.
Article 21 - Bribery and Corruption
Mr. Nyantakyi was also found guilty for the bribery and corruption article which states that;
1. Persons bound by this Code must not offer, promise, give or accept any personal or undue pecuniary or other advantage in order to obtain or retain business or any other improper advantage to or from anyone within or outside FIFA. Such acts are prohibited, regardless of whether carried out directly or indirectly through, or in conjunction with, intermediaries or related parties as defined in this Code. In particular, persons bound by this Code must not offer, promise, give or accept any undue pecuniary or other advantage for the execution or omission of an act that is related to their official activities and is contrary to their duties or falls within their discretion. Any such offer must be reported to the Ethics Committee and any failure to do so shall be sanctionable in accordance with this Code.
2. Persons bound by this Code are prohibited from misappropriating FIFA assets, regardless of whether carried out directly or indirectly through, or in conjunction with, intermediaries or related parties, as defined in this Code.
3. Persons bound by this Code must refrain from any activity or behaviour that might give rise to the appearance or suspicion of improper conduct as described in the foregoing sections, or any attempt thereof.
Article 22 - Commission
The final act that found Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi guilty was the Commission article which states that;
Persons bound by this Code are forbidden from accepting commission or promises of such commission for themselves or intermediaries and related parties as defined in this Code for negotiating deals of any kind while performing their duties, unless the applicable body has expressly permitted them to do so. In the absence of such a body, the body to which the person bound by this Code reports shall decide.
FIFA found the acts of Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi warranted the life time ban and fine of CHF 500,000 (GHC 2,410,726) which is nearly half a million US dollars.
This whole scandal was initiated on June 6, 2018 when investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas premiered a video officially called 'When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm' but it was popularly known as 'Number 12'. The Anas number 12 video caused a real stir in the Ghana. Since then, 74 referees have been suspended by the Referees Association of Ghana. Kwesi Nyantakyi's expose was the highlight of the video. In the video, he was clearly the mastermind to an illegal $15 million contract.
Kwesi Nyantakyi biography
Kwesi Nyantakyi was the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) from 30 December 2005 until 7 June 2018. He is also a banker, lawyer and a controlist. Kwesi Nyantakyi's parents are a mix of Waala and Akan. He grew up in Wa, the capital city of the Upper West region in Ghana. He was educated there as well.
Nyantaki was born a Christian but converted to Islam at the tender age of 5. He has been practicing Islam ever since. Nyantaki has two wives namely Mariama Sannie and Christine-Marie who is his first wife. He has 2 children with Christine.
Kwesi Nyantakyi is also a chief in Wa and was eskinned in in 2015 by the Upper West Regional traditional council. He was given the title Jen Jeng Naa Sung Maale, which is roughly translated as "patron of development"
Below is a video form the Number 12 exposé. Watch it and judge for yourself if FIFA's sanctions are appropriate. The Kwesi Nyantakyi ban from FIFA is a clear statement to any official who should involve their-selves in corrupt activities and a real wake up call to African football as a whole.