August 17 – Authorities in Ghana finally appear to have backed down in their determination to snub a FIFA directive ordering them to stop interfering in football or risk a global ban.
Football activities have ceased in Ghana ever since Ghana FA boss and FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi became embroiled in a bribery scandal after being pictured taking $65,000 from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.
Nyantaki has been suspended by FIFA for 90 days and Ghana’s attorney general ordered the national association to be dissolved.
After FIFA warned any such manoeuvres must be withdrawn or a ban will be imposed, the government wrote back insisting the entire system needed a clean-up before football could resume.
But now it is reported that the government will halt its bid to wind up the Ghana Football Association, with FIFA instead installing a ‘normalisation committee’ to run the association on an interim basis.
In a statement FIFA said the two sides had agreed to work together “to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa”.
FIFA will also work with the Ghanaian government “to eradicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana,”
“Satisfied with the above measures, the Ghanaian government shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association,” FIFA added.
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