Ghana vows investigation into football corruption claims

ACCRA – The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Thursday pledged to tackle corruption after an explosive undercover investigation alleged referees took bribes and the head of the governing body received kickbacks.

A long-awaited documentary was unveiled in Accra on Wednesday night, with the World Cup starting in just a week. The documentary was filmed over two years and is the work of Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who has in the past exposed bribery in the judiciary and keeps his identity a closely guarded secret.

The documentary shows referees allegedly taking as little as $100 (85 euros) each to rig matches.

It also implicates the GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi whose a senior member of world governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), who in the video requested $11 million from undercover reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.

Nyantakyi also tried to make a profit of $5 million a year for a five million dollar sponsorship deal with the GFA, the video clearly shows a breach of ethics by the president.

With the serious allegations against the GFA, they said they have not viewed the documentary as yet, but are taking the allegations seriously, in a statement they said, “We view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them.”

It added, “The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption.

“The GFA wishes to assure all that as an institution it does not condone any manner of corrupt practices.”

Simon Gyamfi a football fan after seeing the documentary that it was a “wake-up call” for the national game, adding, “I hope it will lead to a total clean-up in Ghanaian football.

“There is so much corruption in the system… The entire Ghana FA executive must be scrapped. What we have just seen is a total disgrace to the beautiful game.”

Photo Credit- Modern Ghana

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