Ghana makes effort to avoid FIFA ban

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan (3rd R) dances with teammates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Germany at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

FIFA says the government of Ghana says it will stop plans to dissolve the country’s football association (GFA) over corruption allegations.

The action could keep the West African nation from suffering a global ban from football.

FIFA said the two sides had on Thursday agreed to work together “to offer leadership in reforming football administration in Ghana and in Africa.” They will set up a so-called “normalisation committee” to administer football in Ghana as well as a task force to create disciplinary, governance and auditing mechanisms.

FIFA says it will also work with Ghanaian leaders “to eradicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana.”

However FIFA did not explicitly state that it had withdrawn its threat to suspend the GFA. Such a ban would mean the country’s national teams would be barred from international competition.

The GFA became embroiled in a scandal when its president Kwesi Nyantakyi was filmed by an investigative journalist in a hotel room appearing to take $65,000 in cash from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league.

Nyantakyi resigned from his posts as GFA president and from the posts he held with FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF). He denies any wrongdoing.


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