Kwesi Nyantakyi ‘will surely return to football’ – Kofi Manu

Veteran football administrator Kofi Manu has said that former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi will return to football when his FIFA ban ends.

“Kwesi Nyantakyi will surely return to football. Currently, we are in court on some of the issues Anas number 12 raised against him,” the tough-talking Manu said on Onua TV.

The former FIFA Council member had his life ban from football reduced to a 15-year sanction by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last year following an appeal.

FIFA’s Ethics Committee banned Nyantakyi for life in 2018 after he was found guilty of breaching ethics regulations on conflicts of interest, bribery and corruption and commission.

He was also fined $500,000.

Nyantakyi also served as the first vice-president of the Confederation of African Football and was considered one of the most influential football officials on the continent.

He quit his numerous roles after he was caught on camera appearing to accept a bribe.

Undercover footage shot by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas showed Nyantakyi taking a cash gift of $65,000 from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghana Premier League.

The video also depicted Nyantakyi demanding other kickbacks which would be passed on to top Government officials, including the Presidency.


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