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Government blocks two GFA officials from flying to Russia

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Government has blocked two officials of the Ghana Football Association from flying to Russia – This means Ghana will, therefore, not participate in vote for 2026 World Cup Government has reportedly blocked two officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Isaac Addo and Winfred Osei, from flying to Russia to attend a FIFA election on the World Cup bid. This is as a result of governments purported dissolution of the FA after it was embroiled in a major corruption scandal. Several top officials of the GFA, including the Association’s president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, were caught on camera compromising their positions in an exposé spearheaded by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Isaac Addo and Winfred Osei. Credit: Gary Al-Smith READ ALSO: What Kwesi Nyantakyi’s FIFA ban means The exposé captured 77 Ghanaian referees and 14 other prominent FA officials engaging in various acts of corruption and misconduct. Sports journalist, Gary Al-Smith reports that the two top officials (Isaac Addo and Winfred Osei) of the GFA were supposed to fly to Russia to take part in a FIFA election to select the destination for the next World Cup. However, government has blocked the move, as part of steps being taken to cleanse the Association of rot and corruption. Kwesi Nyantakyi until his FIFA ban and resignation last Friday was expected to vote on behalf of Ghana when 211-member countries meet in Russia on June 13 to decide the 2026 host. READ ALSO: Black Stars midfielder jailed for 32 months for defilement As a FIFA Council Member, the former GFA boss should have voted on behalf of Ghana, but that has been made impossible due to his 90-day provisional ban from the world football governing body. The meeting, which will be held in Moscow, will see Morocco slug it out with a host of North American interests for the right to host the 2026 World Cup. Read more: https://yen.com.gh/111326-government-blocks-gfa-officials-flying-russia.html?utm_source=mailfire&utm_medium=webpush#111326

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