Hon Kobina Mensah Woyome, Ranking member on Youth and Sport Committee of parliament has said, the world football governing body decision to ban the Former Ghana FA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, would strengthen the sport industry of the country.
According to him, the life ban against the former GFA Boss, is an awaking call to players in the sports industry of the country to be diligent in deal with sport and related matter under the control of FIFA.
Hon Woyome who is Member of Parliament for South Tongu in the Volta Region, Ranking also called for the right of former Ghana Football Association President, Kwasi Nyantakyi to be respected.
In an interview with THE REPUBLIC, the Minority MP pointed out that going through the status of the world football governing body, he knows we would get to a point where FIFA would ban and fine Kwesi Nyantakyi.
“FIFA frowns on conflict of interest bribery, even big weight like Seth Blather went though this with the full support of the United States of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) they did a thorough work”.
In his view, the embattled former GFA boss has an option of appeal if he feels the ruling of FIFA was inappropriate in order to redeem his reputation.
Hon Woyome further noted that the Attorney General (AG) of Ghana has said there are no evidence to prosecute, so the case was dropped in Ghana, “this should be left for Ghanaians to judge”.
This, he said, “if you do not have anything against an individual and you try to push for something against someone it becomes persecution and not prosecution.”
The MP however debunked the notion that the ban would have effect on Ghana’s sports industry, stating, ” it will rather strengthen our ways of doing things with FIFA and I believed Ghana will bounce back with good performance in the sports, especially soccer.”
The life ban follows extensive investigations by FIFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee into the conduct of Mr Nyantakyi who was captured in an explosive expose by Ghanaian investigator Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
According to FIFA, Nyantakyi is banned from taking part in all football-related activities and the ban takes effect immediately.
Nyantakyi presided as GFA President for 13 years and rose through the ranks to become the Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
He was initially suspended on 8 June for 90 days by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee. The ban was later extended for an additional 45 days on September 6.
Mr Nyantakyi was filmed in an undercover investigation by controversial investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.
Soon after the ban on 8 June Nyantakyi resigned from the posts he had held with football’s world governing body, FIFA, and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
In was also arrested by the Ghana Police for investigation for allegedly implicated the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo and his Vice Dr Muhamoud Bawumia in the tape.
He has since been granted self recognition bail awaiting prosecution but the AG drag it’s feet on grounds that that there is no sufficient evidence out from the tape.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba