GFA Boss Confesses To ¢1.45bn FIFA ‘Gift’

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    As the controversy over the Ghana Football Association (GFA) $1million bribery scandal rages on, the GFA President, Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi, has confessed that his outfit spent $100,000 on gifts for FIFA officials whose decisions affect Ghana’s football. According to him, the $100,000 was spent on those FIFA officials during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and that was approved by the appropriate authorities.
    It is not clear whether the GFA spent similar cash during the World Cup that was hosted by Germany in 2006 and other tournaments organized by FIFA. Mr. Nyantakyi’s confession made on a local FM station last week, comes on the heels of public uproar over a $48,000 gold watch gift which was wrongfully portrayed to have been given by the first lady, Mrs. Naadu Mills, to the American President, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, when they visited Ghana in July 2009.
    The GFA president, who vehemently denied that bribe had ever been paid, at one point in the radio interview, described the $100,000 as cash meant for business promotion. He however could not name the exact FIFA standards to offer gifts to officials whose decision affects the football of member countries.