The Ghanaian government on Thursday dissolved the Ghana Football Association in the wake of allegations of corruption and bribery.
This was made public in a release from Ghana’s Ministry of Information following a BBC documentary titled “Betraying the Game,” that documents dozens of major African footballing officials, particularly Ghanaians, taking bribes before and around matches.
According to the BBC, the documentary shows Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi taking $65,000 from an undercover reporter who was posing as someone interested in investing in the programme.
The decision of the Ghanaian government poses a problem as Football Associations being dissolved is frowned upon by Fifa, who prefers that governments stay out of the sport’s business as much as possible.
Following the dissolution, it’s a distinct possibility that FIFA suspends Ghanaian Football’s activities until a fuller investigation can be made as was the case in Nigeria four years ago when the Nigeria Football Federation was temporarily suspended following a court ruling.
Ghana failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, finishing a distant third in their CAF qualifying group behind Egypt and Uganda.
This caused a major backlash in the country’s media and fans, with many calling for Nyantakyi’s head.
The Black Stars played a 2-2 draw with Iceland in a friendly match in Reykjavik Thursday night.