FIFA Extends Ex-GFA President Ban

FIFA has extended former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantekyie’s suspension to further 45 days after the provisional 90 days ban set to end on Saturday.

According to the world football governing, the extension is necessary to give the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee more time to investigate the matter.

FIFA handed three months ban to the ex-CAF Vice president in June following the Anas Number 12 Exposé which was aired on June 6, when Mr. Kwesi Nyantekyie was caught on Camera taking money to betray his office, Nyantekyie further resigned from all his positions after the Exposé.

A press released by FIFA on Wednesday reads: ‘‘Provisional suspension of football official Kwesi Nyantakyi extended for 45 days by independent Ethics Committee.

‘‘On 8 June 2018, the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee provisionally banned the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, for a duration of 90 days. Today, the chairperson has decided to extend this provisional suspension for an additional period of 45 days.

‘‘During this time, Mr Nyantakyi will continue to be banned from all football-related activities at both national and international level. The extension of the ban will commence on 6 September 2018.

‘‘This decision was taken at the request of the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee carrying out the formal investigation proceedings into Mr Nyantakyi, pursuant to art. 85 par. 1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.’’

Article 85 part 1 of the FIFA Code of Ethic states: Provisional measures may be valid for a maximum of 90 days. In exceptional circumstances, the provisional measures may be extended by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber for an additional period not to exceed 45 days.

 Football in Ghana is now at a halt after the government of Ghana placed an injunction on the Country’s FA following the Exposé which had about 70 referees taking bribe to influence football matches results.

However, after series of meetings between the Government of Ghana and FIFA, both parties have reached an agreement in accordance with Article 8 of FIFA’s Status to set up a normalization Committee which is expected to be named soon after FIFA announced their mandate last week.

Mandate of the Normalization Committee:

– To run the GFA’s daily affairs and cooperate with the special task force once it has been set up by FIFA, CAF and the Government of Ghana;

– To review the GFA statutes to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and CAF, particularly art. 15 of the FIFA Statutes, and;

– Once the GFA statutes meet the requirements of FIFA and CAF, to organise and conduct elections of a GFA executive committee on the basis of the revised GFA statutes.




By: Samuel W. Joe Okyere/