Ghana Football Association President Caught Up In Match-Fixing Scandal


Ghana-dance-vs-Germany-June2014-300x194Ghana Football Association, GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, denied involvement in a match-fixing scandal. Channel 4′s Dispatches and The Telegraph, in an undercover investigation identified a licensed FIFA agent and an official from a Ghanaian club, who claimed they could fix friendly matches involving the Black Stars for £100,000. The report also said Nyantakyi had agreed for Ghana to play in two games after the World Cup, but the GFA president has denied such allegations. “The contents of the publication are not wholly true.’ It’s unfortunate that they did not report fully what I told them. “First of all I have not agreed to any match-fixing deal involving the FA. I was given a draft contract which I indicated to their agent that I hadn’t read and I also had some issues with it and so it will be premature for anybody to say the FA is at fault.” According to reports, Nyantakyi expressed his satisfaction with a proposed contract for two friendly matches, which will be officiated by persons appointed by a bogus investment firm  a breach of FIFA rules. But he has insisted he did not read the contract and only sent it to GFA’s lawyers to look at it. SEE MORE ON NEXT PAGE

“I didn’t read it at all… I did not read the contract at all,” he said. “They told me it was an investment company that was interested in buying the rights to our matches and that the matches will be organised by a FIFA match agent…“When the draft contract was submitted to me it was forwarded to the lawyers to look at it because we need to know their position before we can sign. If they say okay, I read it to satisfy myself that all is okay. But I cannot read it and decide on my own to sign without the OK from the lawyer and the committee.”GFA released a statement on Sunday night, immediately after the story broke, which read: “The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has requested the Ghana Police Service to investigate two persons for misrepresenting the GFA with an attempt to defraud. “The two were also allegedly filmed claiming that they would bribe GFA officials to ensure that the contract is signed. “We wish to state that the GFA did not sign the contract as we waited for the response from the legal committee and that the two gentlemen did not make such corrupt offers to the GFA or its officials. “We wish to assure the public that we will not tolerate such misrepresentations and we will seek strong sanctions against such individuals if such claims are found to be true.”The Black Stars are just a point away from qualifying from the knock-out stages of the World and face Portugal in their last Group G game.

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