Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Kwesi Nyantakyi is set to appeal to sports highest court to overturn his life-time ban from football related activities.
The 50 year old, who was also FIFA Council member and CAF's first Vice President, suffered the major blow on Tuesday, after almost four months since he was captured in an investigative documentary by Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas engaging in corrupt and bribery activities.
On Tuesday, the West African nation was thrown into a state of shock after the world’s football governing body, FIFA, banned Mr. Nyantakyi from all football-related activities for life and fined 500,000 Swiss francs (£390,000).
FIFA adjudicatory chamber found Nyantakyi “guilty of having violated art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) and art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition.”
The troubled Wa All Stars bankroller was initially suspended on 8 June for 90 days by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee and saw his ban extended to extra 45 days on 5th September, 2018.
"I wish to express my shock and deep sadness after receiving the decision from the FIFA Ethics Adjudicatory Committee on Tuesday. My legal advisors are under my instructions to urgently appeal the decision as I think it was unfair, harsh and unwarranted. I will use all the legal channels available to seek redress and establish the facts I presented to the committee.
"Even though I have already resigned from all my football positions, it is important I establish the facts with the sole aim of clearing my name. At this moment I am unable to provide any further details as my lawyers are reviewing the facts for appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Ghana, Africa and indeed across the globe for the overwhelming support and outpouring of sympathy," he said.