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Ghana hires banned Kwesi Nyantakyi to influence CAF over match venue of World Cup play-off with Nigeria



Kwesi Nyantakyi, Ghana’s “MR FIX-IT”?

The Government of Ghana has reportedly approached former president of Ghana FA, Kwesi Nyantakyi to use his contacts in CAF and FIFA “to make certain decisions in Ghana’s favour”

This come to light as the country is about losing hosting the Super Eagles in its territory after the Ghanaian Government had destroyed the playing turf of the Cape Coast stadium with the military parade it held at the stadium during the country’s independent celebrations on 6 March.

A CAF delegation on Monday visited the stadium to re-evaluate the initial approval granted. Ghanaweb reports that the former Ghana FA boss is seen a the man that “could save Ghana from playing the first leg of its World Cup play-off against Nigeria at a neutral venue.”

Legally and morally, this is wrong, Nyantakyi, who was also a former CAF Vice President is currently serving a world-wide ban.

In 2018, in the days leading to the World Cup, Nyantakyi was found taking a bribe and purporting to have the ability to “take over the whole country”.on 30 October 2018, FIFA banned him for life from football related activities.

Two years ago, his ban was reduced to 15 year by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Th ban runs till 2033. So, for him to attempt to influence the decision on match venue is contemptuous, a fact that the Ghana Government should have known.


Meanwhile, Sports Village Square gathered that the Nigeria Football Federation wrote to CAF requesting that the game be moved to a neutral venue with Benin being their preferred choice.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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