CAIRO: Five candidates have been nominated to contest the African confederation’s vacancy for a new vice-president and FIFA Council member writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

The quintet whose names are being put before an extraordinary general assembly of CAF on September 30, in Sharm el-Sheikh, are Elvis Chetty (Seychelles), Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania), Nick Mwendwa (Kenya), Walter Nyamilandu-Menda (Malawi) and Danny Jordaan (South Africa).

A vacancy arose after Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from all his football posts after being suspended by the ethics committee of the world federation pending an investigation into matchfixing and bribery allegations in Ghana where he was also FA president.

Nyantakyi has rejected allegation which saw him arrested briefly in May in Ghana on a complaint from state President Nana Akufo-Addo.

A spokesman for Akufo-Addo’s office told local media that Nyantakyi had been recorded using the name of the president and other senior government officials to try to persuade “potential investors” to part with money.

The scandal exploded after undercover work by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Nyantakyi, 49, had been president of the GFA since 2005 and a member of the FIFA Council since 2016. He became president of West African Football Union Zone B in 2011 when he was also appointed as a member of FIFA’s Olympic football organising committee. He has also served on the FIFA associations committee.

Last month CAS handed life bans to one Ghanaian official and 10-year bans to seven others.

At the weekend the Referees Association of Ghana raised to eight the number of referees and assistant referees banned for life and made 53 subject to 10-year bans. Fourteen officials were exonerated.