The President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi was hailed as one of the best football administrators we have ever had.
His success in football administration and subsequent leadership roles in continental and global football were started by Ghana’s history-making world cup qualification to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
The impressive performance of the Black Stars – beating the USA and the Czech Republic in our maiden edition was unheard of.
Kwesi became the darling, though, he was criticized for the disappointing local league, the exploits of the Black Stars made up for everything.
Until the skeleton started coming out of the closet. Just as the Black Stars made him a darling, it also had a hand in turning him into the most hated man by Ghanaian football fans, only losing the title to Suarez whenever the 2010 World Cup memories are brought up.
The Black Stars’ disappointing campaign at Brazil and the airlifting of money to Brazil to pay the boys whose performance on the pitch was nothing to write home about, was Kwesi Nyantakyi’s undoing.
Nothing happened after a commission of inquiry was instituted, but a new investigative report by Anas Aremeyaw Anas might change everything.
Is it the smoking gun that proves all the financial controversies surrounding the GFA President?
Or will this latest episode become just one of those things Kwesi Nyantakyi has survived?
Thanks to Citi Sports here is a chronicle of some of Kwesi Nyantakyi’s biggest controversies since he became Ghana’s top football administrator.
- Mid Sea controversy (2010)
In 2008, the GFA signed a 15 million dollar sponsorship agreement with telecommunications giants GLO
The deal involved a 15%(reduced to 10%) payment to Mid Sea, the company that brokered the deal
But it was revealed the said company did not exist
The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) subsequently raided the offices of the GFA in search of evidence of fraud.
Nothing came of the incident, and nobody was prosecuted.
- West Head controversy (2012)
In 2012, GNPC signed a 3-year deal to sponsor the Black Stars under the purview of the GFA.
It was later claimed that a third party company, WEST HEAD, brokered the said deal and were entitled to agency fees.
Then Board Chairman of GNPC, Ato Ahwoi, denied the claims and said the decision to sponsor the Black Stars was purely the company’s and that no such 3rd party was involved.
That was the end of that.
Dzamefe Commission revelations
- Co-efficient payments (2014)
During the Dzamefe Commission sittings, it was revealed Nyantakyi shared an amount of $557,000 among seven management committee members of the GFA, including his former vice, Jordan Anagblah, who had passed away a few months before the World Cup.
He also revealed other people benefited from the money and when queried on how they determined who earned how much, Nyantakyi said they calculated it using a coefficient of 7, which later gained popularity in local parlance.
- Double payments for friendlies
The Commission also revealed that Nyantakyi and the GFA had taken money from both the government and the sponsors, GNPC, to organise friendly matches in preparations for the 2014 world cup.
But the said friendly games were already paid for by the organisers of the mentioned games
Nyantakyi was subsequently ordered to refund $1 million to the state
Nothing has come of this
- ‘Rigged’ friendly matches
British newspaper The Telegraph and Channel 4, in June 2014, accused the GFA and Kwesi Nyantakyi of being involved in some shady deals to fix international friendly matches for the senior national football team, the Black Stars.
The newspaper claimed that “the President of Ghana’s Football Association agreed for the team to play in international matches that others were prepared to rig.”
World football governing body, FIFA, referred the matter back to the GFA’s Ethics Committee after its preliminary investigation but announced it would “continue to monitor the investigations and any future proceedings.”
The Ethics Committee eventually cleared Kwesi Nyantakyi, of any wrongdoing.
However, the Committee revealed that it was necessary to conduct further investigations into two others implicated in the scandal, Obed Nana Kwame Nketiah and Mr Christopher Forsythe.
- Name-dropping the President (2018)
The most recent scandal could perhaps be the most costly for Nyantakyi as it has resulted in the President ordering his arrest
Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor confirmed that the GFA Boss was the subject of an investigation by the CID after the President had seen parts of an investigative piece by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The documentary will be premiered on June 6, 2018, at the Accra International Conference Centre.