Timeline: The Kwasi Nyantakyi Corruption Issue One Year On

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Kwesi Nyantakyi, Anas Aremeyaw Anas

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.

See Also: JUST IN: H.E Nana Addo Has Ordered The Arrest Of GFA’s Kwesi Nyantakyi

Kwesi Nyantakyi was arrested on May 22, 18.

See Also: #Number12: A General Overview Of The Anas Documentary

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.

See Also: #Number12: This Man, Eddie Doku Is Caught On Tape Taking A Bribe To Give Patrick Razak More Playing Time In The 2017 WAFU Zone B Tournament

June 6, 18: Just a day after the premiere was held, President Akufo-Addo interfered and closed down the Ghana Football Association.

See Also: FULL STATEMENT: President Akufo-Addo Takes Steps To Dissolve The GFA

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.

See Also: FIFA Has Given Kwesi Nyantakyi A Provisional Ban

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.

See Also: Kwesi Nyantakyi Has Embarked On A Mass Resignation From FIFA, CAF And WAFU 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.

See Also: FIFA Threatens To Ban Ghana Over Government’s Interference In GFA

September 05, 18: FIFA extended Kwesi Nyantakyi’s provisional ban for 45 days as the FIFA ethics committee continued to deliberate.

See Also: FIFA Extends Nyantakyi’s Ban By 45 Days

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.

See Also: FIFA Has Banned Kwesi Nyantakyi For Life & Has Fined Him $500K (GHS 2.4M)

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.

See Also: Kwesi Nyantakyi To Drag FIFA To The Court Of Arbitration For Sport For Lifetime Ban & GHS 2.4 Million Fine

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.

 

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