The appointment of Gianni Infantino as a FIFA President has cause a curse to Ghana as football nation as a result of several bans to Ghanaian football administrators, Referee and player.
The president has spent two years out of his four season at office but the only country that has suffered punishment is Africa for that Ghana, with five individual punishment.
The current President is a Swiss-Italian, Gianni Infantino.Elected on 26 February 2016 during an extraordinary session of the FIFA Congress.
Prior to his election, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou was acting President after the impeachment of Sepp Blatter on 8 October 2015, which was later followed by a six-year ban from all football-related activities on 21 December 2015.
Football individuals within Ghana has received the wrath of Infantino led administration.
Below are 5 personalities who had sanctions melted on them;
The first name that keeps rhyming in mind is Joseph Lamptey.Joseph is a former Ghanaian Association Football Referee in Ghana and a Senior Immigration Officer by profession.He officiated in the 2016 Olympics and the African Cup of Nations in 2015.
However, his desire for the game was cut short, when FIFA banned Joseph Lamptey for life in March 2017 following allegations that he manipulated a world cup qualifier match in 2016 between South Africa and Senegal.Despite appeal to the Court of Arbitration for sports (CAS), Joseph punishment stood same.
Release by FIFA on his ruling reads;
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to ban the Ghanaian match official Joseph Odartei Lamptey from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life”.
The official was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016.
On the other hand, all charges against the Ghanaian match official David Lionheart Nii Lartey Laryea, whose behaviour had also been the subject of investigations, were dismissed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
Isaac Addo and Nanabeyin Eyison
FIFA also slapped six-month and nine-month ban suspension on Isaac Addo and Nanabeyin Eyison respectively following a case of sexual harassment.
The two officials of the Ghana Football Association were charged with attempting to harass a lady assigned to them during the balloting of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
Samuel Inkoom, Black Star defender is the next on the bill.
Ghanaian defender Samuel Inkoom got hit with a one-year ban by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) after failing to pay an agent he cheated in a transfer back in 2014.
In June 2017, the 29-year-old was ordered to pay Curtis Willer $65,000 or in default serve one-year ban, Inkoom failed to pay the said money and he was banned by FIFA.
After failing to settle the agent, the case was open again and he has been handed another ban.Inkoom career’s has taken a nose dive following his move from FC Basel to Dnipro seven seasons ago.
He has struggled to find his form which compelled Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to sign him from Swiss side for $10 million in 2011.He was a key member for the Black Stars at the 2010 FIFA World Cup helping the team reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time.
The last time he featured for the national team was in an International friendly against the Netherlands in Rotterdam in a warm-up game for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Finally, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) knocked down former Ghana Football Association President kwasi Nyantakyi with life ban from football related activities.Following the bridge of FIFA code of ethics art. 19, 21 and 22.
The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee ruling says;
“The adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee has banned Mr.Kwasi Nyantakyi, former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for Life from all football-related activities (administrative, Sports or any other) at both national and International level”.
Kwasi Nyantakyi becomes the longest ever GFA President-13 years.With many laurels to his credit. He was the first CAF vice-president and executive committee member of FIFA.
In his regime, Ghana qualified to World Cup 3 consecutively.Thus 2006, 2010 and 2014.