Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi has been given the green light by the FIFA Review Committee to compete for the Anglophone seat on the FIFA Executive Council.
Mr. Nyantakyi passed his second FIFA Integrity Check to enable him stand in next week’s FIFA Council Elections in Ethiopia. The checks were carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with Annexe 1 of the new FIFA Governance Regulations.
This clears the path for Nyantakyi to face Tanzania’s Leodegar Tenga for the sole slot for Anglophone countries within CAF after Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya withdrew from the race.
The election will be held in Addis Ababa on 16 March and the outright winner will gain the position on the FIFA Council.
Nyantakyi is among ten individuals approved by FIFA’s Governance Committee to stand the election for various positions on the FIFA Council.
A statement by CAF on Wednesday revealed that Nyantakyi was among the ten people cleared with three withdrew from the race.
Failure to pass the Integrity Check could have automatically disqualified Nyantakyi from the contest.
Under the new FIFA reform laws, persons who hold or seek to hold an official FIFA position, must undergo an integrity check prior to their election or re-election.
The candidates are required to fulfil eligibility checks which hinge on the reputation and conduct of the individual concerned.
The candidate should not have had a sports governing body ever imposing any disciplinary or similar sanction or measure on him in the past for actions which amount to violations of the rules of conduct as set out by FIFA.
The potential FIFA Council member should also not have been previously convicted by a final decision of any intentional indictable offence or of any offence corresponding to a violation of the rules of conduct.
The UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph accused him of match fixing but he was cleared by FIFA and the Ethics Committee of the GFA.
The 2014 World Cup Commission set up by the previous NDC Government put the reputation of Mr. Nyantakyi and his GFA members in a doubtful state as they (GFA) could not defend the issue of World Cup bonuses and allowances with respect to the coefficient of 7 convincingly.But the GFA has rejected the claims and the local governing body is fighting claims of any wrongdoing in the Court of Appeal.
He is also currently in court with two local journalists he claims have traduced his name in their reportage.