Ghana

Kwesi Nyantakyi has been given a lifetime ban from all football-related activities by Fifa for a series of violations of the governing body’s ethics code, including bribery and corruption.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been dissolved by the country’s government following revelations of “widespread” corruption that implicates president Kwesi Nyantakyi, one of the most senior figures in African football and a member of the ruling Fifa Council of the world governing body.

Kwesi Nyantakyi, a member of the Fifa Council at football’s global governing body, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of corruption in his native Ghana.

Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have confirmed a joint bid to host football’s 2030 Fifa World Cup while Ghana has set its sights on the 2038 edition of the tournament, as well as the summer Olympic Games as part of an ambitious 40-year national development plan.

South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has said the country is “not ready” to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if organisers opt to move the national team football tournament from Morocco due to the Ebola epidemic.

Former African triple jump champion Francis Dodoo has been named as the new president of the troubled Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) after a chaotic vote.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the adoption of a centralised model for its marketing and broadcast rights to the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Television Africa Ltd has filed a writ against Ghana’s Local Organising Committee for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations and media and advertising agency, Optimum Media Prime Limited, for alleged improper accounting.

Sportswear retailer Puma has agreed to sponsor pan-European sport channel Eurosport's live television coverage of the African Cup of Nations football tournament. 

The Ghanaian Government has approved the construction of five new stadiums in its five regions with work to begin in 2008 and 2009.

The 20,000-capacity Essipong Sports Stadium Complex in Ghana - one of the match venues for the African Cup of Nations - has been completed.

Sportfive has widened its collaboration with CAF and will produce the TV coverage for the MTN Africa Cup of Nations, GHANA 2008.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is to sign a marketing and broadcast rights contract with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the African Cup of Nations, Ghana 2008.

Standard Bank renewed its sponsorship of South African football clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The five-season deals are valued at around R70 million with Standard Bank set to inject over R30 million into each of the two clubs.

It will come as little surprise to most, but Brazil’s soccer team is the most commercially attractive for corporate sponsorship to play at next month’s FIFA World Cup, according to a survey conducted by a sports marketing company.

Sportswear firm Puma has signed a sponsorship deal with the Ghana Athletics Association.

Government chiefs in Nigeria have confirmed they intend to bid to host the 2010 African Nations’ Cup soccer tournament.

Ghana is considering a bid for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, describing it as an opportunity to develop sport in the country.

London bid leader Lord Coe believes the final 50 days of campaigning will make or break the city’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics, in what may have become a three-horse race against Paris and Madrid.

The chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Dr Nyaho Tamakloe, has resigned following a ruling by the country’s High Court that the GFA Congress can proceed with impeachment proceedings against him.

The football associations of Brunei Darussalam, Denmark and New Zealand are set to receive their first Goal projects under a programme drawn up by FIFA.

Mobile phone operator MTN has signed the biggest sponsorship deal in African sport’s history after clinching an agreement with the Confederation of African Football.

Ghana has won the race to host the 2008 African Nations Cup.

CAF will today name the host of the 2008 African Nations Cup soccer tournament – a two-horse race between Ghana and Libya.

Just weeks after winning the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa has pulled out of its bid to host the 2008 African Nations Cup.

US teen soccer sensation Freddy Adu has signed a two-year endorsement deal with Sierra Mist, one of Pepsi-Cola’s brands.

Nigeria’s plans to bid to co-host the 2010 FIFA World Cup with four African countries has been dismissed as ‘not feasible’ by Sepp Blatter.

African soccer chief Issa Hayatou has called for a ban on the use of tear gas in the country's stadia after stampedes last year led to almost 200 deaths in football disasters.

The four clubs at the centre of two major stadium disasters in Africa in the last two months are to play in a tournament in South Africa later this month.

A Ghanaian panel probing Africa's worst sports disaster recommended a number of policemen be prosecuted for their role in the death of 126 soccer fans at Accra's stadium in May, a panel member has said

South Africa`s 2006 World Cup bid committee said it was vital for the future of soccer as a sport and the World Cup as a multi-billion dollar business that the African continent stage the finals in seven years' time.

UEFA Cup and European Super Cup winners Galatasaray and European champions Real Madrid will represent Europe at the second World Club Championship from July 29 to August 12 in Spain, FIFA said on Thursday.

"Morocco is officially a candidate for the World Cup finals in 2006," Youth and Sports Minister Ahmed Moussaoui stated yesterday.