Almost a year ago, Anas Aremeyaw Anas released a documentary which highlighted bribery and corruption in African football… Ghanaian football was a key focal point.
When the documentary premiered at the Accra International Conference Centre last year, all eyes were on the then President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwasi Nyantakyi and his alleged attempt to help a foreigner bribe his way into the heart of government to secure lucrative contracts.
About a week before Number 12 was premiered, President Akufo-Addo reportedly ordered the arrest of Kwesi Nyantakyi after he got a special viewing of Number 12.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was arrested on May 22, 18.
June 6, 18: The premiere for Number 12 was held much to an uproar from Ghanaians over what is perceived to be an endemic corruption in the local Ghanaian football.
Kwasi Nyantakyi is not the only key Ghanaian football administrator who was implicated in the Number 12 documentary.
June 6, 18: Just a day after the premiere was held, President Akufo-Addo interfered and closed down the Ghana Football Association.
June 8, 18: FIFA, the world governing body of football handed out a provisional ban to Kwasi Nyantakyi. That came after they were petitioned by Anas. On that same day, Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned as the President of the GFA.
June 11, 18: Facing disgrace and being shunned by the football community, Kwesi Nyantakyi embarked on a mass resignation of all his football administration related executive positions.
June 14, 18: FIFA, the world governing body of football has a long-standing policy against political interference in football. As the President interfered with the GFA, FIFA warned of a ban. However, reps from both the government and FIFA met to discuss the issue, helping Ghana escape the ban.
September 05, 18: FIFA extended Kwesi Nyantakyi’s provisional ban for 45 days as the FIFA ethics committee continued to deliberate.
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September 30, 18: FIFA ethics committee came out with their verdict and banned Kwesi Nyantakyi for life. Effectively, he couldn’t participate in any football-related activity. In addition to the ban, Kwesi Nyantakyi was also fined GHS 2.4 M.
September 31, 18: Just a day after the news of the ban came out, Kwesi Nyantakyi also announced that he would drag to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
November 1, 18: The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo announced that her office would be taking over the prosecution of Kwesi Nyantakyi. However, as it has turned out the AG says she’s unable to prosecute the case because of lack of evidence. That’s till date, the former President of Ghana Football Association has not been appearing before a court to answer to his “crimes”.
That probably should have prepared us for the FIFA decision yesterday.
May 27, 19: FIFA says their forensic report found no corruption in the Kwesi Nyantakyi case. According to Ghanasoccernet, a forensic audit conducted by FIFA on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) found no acts corruption or financial impropriety on Kwesi Nyantakyi during his tenure. The audit conducted on the orders of the world governing body six months ago also cleared members of the Executive Committee of the GFA of any acts of malfeasance.
May 28, 19: The Normalization Committee that was set up by both FIFA and government to run football in the country in the interim has said they have not received any report from FIFA with such claims, though the earlier report said the committee received the forensic report about two months ago.