Former Ghana Football Association president (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi’s ban from all football related activities for 90 days has been extended for a further 45 days by world’s football governing body FIFA.
The previous 90 days ban was due to expire on Saturday, June 8th, 2018. However, the chairperson of FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber has extended the ban for a further 45 days.
It emerged within the week from some online portals that it was expected that the 90 ban would be lifted for the former CAF first vice-president to breath a sigh of relief but that is not to be with this current news.
A statement on the FIFA website dated Wednesday 5th September, 2018, indicted the extension of the ban for a further 45 days with effect from Thursday, September 6th, 2018.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was banned from all football related activities when he was captured on video allegedly taking a ‘gift’ from supposed businessmen to invest in Ghana football. Both Nyantakyi and his close associate in this documentary, former Northern Regional Football Association chairman Abdulai Alhassan subsequently resigned from their respective positions in Ghana football to make way for investigations. It remains to be seen what will happen in the next 45 days.
Below is a full version of the FIFA statement on the ban:
“On 8 June 2018, the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee provisionally banned the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, for a duration of 90 days. Today, the chairperson has decided to extend this provisional suspension for an additional period of 45 days. During this time, Mr Nyantakyi will continue to be banned from all football-related activities at both national and international level. The extension of the ban will commence on 6 September 2018.”
“This decision was taken at the request of the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee carrying out the formal investigation proceedings into Mr Nyantakyi, pursuant to art. 85 par. 1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”