Despite being accused of a bribery scandal that terminated his rule, former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi was deemed excellent for Ghana football by Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin.
“We took down Ghana football when we brought down Kwesi Nyantakyi. “That is one of FIFA’s brightest spots”, Mr. Bagbin stated on Monday, April 4, 2022.
Mr. Bagbin claimed several in FIFA were astonished by Kwesi Nyantakyi’s demise.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was a FIFA Council member and CAF vice-president. Some thought Mr. Nyantakyi may have led CAF at some point in his career.
They asked what occurred when I met FIFA executives. Why did you do it?” Nyantakyi was a lively addition. He was extremely recognized and prominent, and Ghana football was up there.”
The Speaker described Kwesi Nyantakyi as a powerful figure who influenced global football.
“We thought we were only handling Nyantakyi. We didn’t know we were handling the whole of Ghana,” Mr. Bagbin lamented.
He also advised journalists to be more circumspect when questioning authority.
“Criticize us. Correct your children, but don’t break their hands or their legs. It will affect you. And that is where we are now, and people are calling on the government to forgive Nyantakyi and bring him back to assist.”
The Speaker mentioned Senegal’s development in football, citing the existence of a woman as FIFA’s Secretary-General, implying Nyantakyi was in a strong position to advance to the top of football administration.
In a June 2018 undercover program for BBC Africa’s investigative section, Africa Eye, Kwesi Nyantakyi was caught accepting $65,000 in cash.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was seen putting cash into a black plastic bag from an undercover reporter posing as a businessman interested in Ghanaian football.
FIFA originally banned him for life following the documentary, which Kwesi Nyantakyi battled.
Despite denying any wrongdoing, he admitted to violating conflict of interest guidelines. In his appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, he admitted these (CAS).
CAS lowered Nyantakyi’s lifetime FIFA ban from football to 15 years and his sentence from $500,000 to $100,000.
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