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Ghana Great Abedi Pele Hired To Steady Federation Ship

Retired Ghana football great, Abedi Pele Ayew, who has been named as the interim boss of the country's football federation following the resignation of Kwesi Nyatakyi. PHOTO/AFP
Retired Ghana football great, Abedi Pele Ayew, who has been named as the interim boss of the country's football federation following the resignation of Kwesi Nyatakyi. PHOTO/AFP
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ACCRA, Ghana- Former Ghana captain Abedi Pele has been appointed to help run football in the country in the wake of a corruption scandal that saw the government dissolve the sport’s governing body.

Pele, a three-time African footballer of the year who played most of his club football in Europe, was named in a five-member interim committee to manage the sport.

Other members include businessman Kofi Amoah and the president of the Ghana League Clubs Association Cudjoe Fianoo, according to a government statement on Wednesday.

Another member is Osei Kofi, who played for Ghana in the 1960s and is now a church minister.

The High Court of Ghana on Tuesday granted a request from attorney general Gloria Akuffo to suspend the Ghana Football Association and its officials.

Nyantakyi corruption

That followed the broadcast of a documentary in which the head of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was accused of requesting $11 million from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.

Nyantakyi, who was a senior member of the sport’s world governing body FIFA and regional equivalent the Confederation of African Football, has since stepped down.

Information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said last week the documentary had highlighted “widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the GFA.

Urgent action was needed to “sanitise” football administration, he added.


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