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Bribery scandal: Ghana to dissolve football association

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Ghana’s government has announced ongoing processes to dissolve the country’s football association over bribery allegations.

This week, a documentary on the football association by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas was screened to thousands of Ghanaians.

The documentary details how football officials take bribe to influence matches.

The under cover work by the journalist contains secret filming that shocked soccer fans who have demanded reforms.

Ghana’s sports minister, Isaac Asiamah on Thursday told Starr FM in Accra that “We know the implications of a ban on Ghana.”

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He said “if that should happen we need to know that it comes with that repercussions, we will accept them ”.

Extent of corruption

Over 70 professional referees and officials were caught on tape receiving bribes to fix games and influence player selections.

The President of the association, Kwesi Nyantakyi is captured on tape negotiating a dubious sponsorship deal while demanding $15 million as bribe.

Ghana’s sports minister said “We should have taken this decision a long time ago. It’s a golden opportunity for Ghana to clean our football. Can you imagine about 76 of our referees are involved in this so how can we continue with our league?”

Why the high Interest

For years allegations of corruption made were without evidence making it difficult to enforce reforms.

The involvement of prominent personalities in alleged corrupt acts including the president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi is also a factor.

He is captured in some aspects of the documentary taking money from potential investors.

Nyantakyi used the name of Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo in some instances to take money from the investors.

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Anas Aremeyaw Anas uses painstaking and life risking methods in unearthing corruption in the public sector in Ghana and Africa.

He usually disguises himself making it difficult for corrupt persons to identify him, a method that some of his critics consider inappropriate.



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