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Sports News of Tuesday, 12 June 2018


CAF to fill Nyantakyi’s void following his resignation

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that it will hold a vote at an Extraordinary Congress on September 30, 2018 in Egypt to fill the vacant position of the First Vice-President and its seat on the FIFA Council, following the resignation of Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Last Friday, the troubled Ghana Football Association (GFA) Nyantakyi resigned from the post almost after being banned for 90 days by world football governing body, FIFA, for his complicity in the latest exposé by Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Amereyaw Anas.

As well as the FIFA suspension, Nyantakyi also resigned as president of the GFA last Friday following an executive committee meeting.

Yesterday, he also informed the continental governing body of his decision to resign from both positions at CAF and FIFA.

Nyantakyi’s decision is a fallout from the Anas exposé released last week in which he was seen apparently accepting a gift of US$65,000 "shopping money" from an undercover journalist. He denies any wrongdoing.

Nyantakyi and other football officials from around the continent were secretly filmed by undercover journalists receiving cash gifts as part of a documentary by controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Read the entire CAF statement below;


At its meeting in Moscow the 11 june 2018, the Executive Committee, chaired by Ahmad, the Confédération Africaine de Football President, took the following decisions:

I. An Extraordinary Congress will be held on 30 September 2018 in Egypt to fill the vacancy on the FIFA Council for the english-speaking linguistic group following the resignation of Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi as both Fifa Council Member and CAF 1st Vice-president;

II. The league of La Reunion is not allowed to participate in CAF competitions involving national teams;

III. Approval of the fixtures of the qualifiers of Beach Soccer AFCON, Egypt 2018;

IIII. Qualifiers of World Cup 2022 and Total AFCON, Côte d’Ivoire 2021, will be not paired;

V. A commission to study the centralization of the rights of National Associations for the World Cup 2022 qualifiers for Africa has been appointed. The commission is expected to submit its conclusion at the next Executive Committee scheduled for 27-28 September 2018 in Egypt.