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Timeline: 20 key events sparked by Anas ‘Number 12’ documentary a year ago [Infographic]

It was a work of journalism, in the form of a documentary, that shook the very foundation of Ghana football.

Over 70 referees were caught taking bribes on tape. The biggest headline was for then Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was filmed accepting money for favours.

Some say it was sterling, but others maintain it was a hatchet job plotted and executed with the aim of felling the powerful Nyantakyi.

What is not in doubt is just how much this work affected Ghana football.

Domestic competitions were suspended, leaving hundreds of footballers across the country stranded due to inactivity.

Football clubs suddenly became white elephants for a time, as they kept taking care of the needs of these players, but got nothing in return.

In the time since, court actions and soul searching has rent the fabric of Ghana football, even more than before.

Gary Al-Smith and Owuraku Ampofo highlight the key events that have marked the year after the documentary aired, from a football perspective.


Anas expose

June 6, 2018 – Anas Aremeyaw Anas premieres ‘Number 12’ in Accra.

June 7, 2018 – GFA responds to Anas exposé with a strong statement

June 7, – GFA suspend all domestic football activities after Ghana government directive.

June 8, 2018 – GFA secretariat declared crime scene.

June 8, 2018 – Nyantakyi banned by Fifa for 90 days.

June 11, 2018 – Nyantakyi resigns from Fifa, CAF, and WAFU positions.

June 12, 2018 – Court places an injunction on GFA as part of Government’s effort to dissolve the GFA.

June 23, 2018 – FIFA, Ghana gov’t agree on new GFA roadmap after meeting in Accra.

July 4, 2018 – Fifa appoints Liaison Team to manage the transition.

August 14, 2018 – Fifa threatens to ban Ghana if gov’t goes on with plans to liquidate the FA.

August 16, 2018 – Gov’t agree to withdraw legal suit against GFA after meeting Fifa in Zurich.

August 27, 2018– FIFA appoint Normalisation Committee

October 30, 2018– FIFA ban Nyantakyi for life

January 15, 2019 – Normalisation Committee inaugurates six ad-hoc teams to offer solutions to Ghana football’s problem areas.

March 7, 2019 – Sammy Kuffour replaces Duah Adonteng on NC

March 9, 2019 – Football activities resume with the start of NC Women’s Special Competition. Men’s football also starts on March 31.

March 22, 2019 – Fifa extends the mandate of the normalisation committee by a further six months

May 20, 2019 – Lucy Quist resigns as the Vice Chairperson of the NC

May 27, 2019: Media reports claim FIFA forensic report found no corruption in the Nyantakyi case. The report says world football governing body found no acts of corruption or financial impropriety by the official.

May 28, 2019: The Normalization Committee deny having said report from FIFA

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