Kwesi Nyantekyi, GFA President
Government has directed a forensic probe into the activities of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The GFA is to be investigated over bribery allegation made against it in matches between the Black Stars and Cape Verde, Ghana and Nigeria, and Ghana and Togo.
The move forms part of several recommendations made to government by the Dzamefe Commission which conducted an inquiry into circumstances that led to Ghana’s abrupt exit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The forensic probe would also establish the claim by the GFA that the $350,000 received from the Japan friendly match was used to offset the deficit incurred in the Ghana – Cape Verde qualifying match for the World Cup.
The government also accepted in its White Paper that the GFA must make available all contracts for friendly matches played, the match agents involved, amounts received, expenditures incurred as well as all amounts of money received from GNPC towards friendly matches to be subjected to forensic audit.
“The contracts relating to the friendly matches with Holland, Cape Verde, Nigeria, Montenegro, Japan, Togo and South Korea (2014) would be most critical to the forensic audit,” the paper said.
A government White Paper on the Commission’s report seen noted that all efforts will be made to retrieve monies wrongly paid to individuals.
It also said the GFA must be investigated by way of forensic audit to ascertain “how the GFA applied the Fifa World Cup preparation money of $1.5m and the US$2m they received from GNPC before the World Cup vis-a-vis match agent funding of the friendly matches to the World Cup 2014 to clear any doubt of double funding, misapplication or misappropriation of funds.”
The Dzamefe Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate issues surrounding the Black Stars’ poor participation at the World Cup tournament in Brazil in 2014.
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