General News of Monday, 28 May 2018
The ace international investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has decided to report an alleged misconduct by the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, to world football’s governing body, FIFA.
An investigative sting operation is said to have captured Nyantakyi on video entering into sponsorship deals with some investors who ended up being undercover agents for Anas.
Nyantakyi’s conduct, the source noted, contravened FIFA’s ethics.
The Daily Graphic has gathered that Anas is on his way to the FIFA Headquarters in Switzerland to deliver the petition.
“This issue is beyond Ghana,” a source close to the investigations told the Daily Graphic.
“Just a little portion of the video features Ghana. It is an international operation and will be handled as such,” it said.
Meanwhile, FIFA is on record to have stated that it is monitoring the events in Ghana keenly as they unfold, but Mr Nyantakyi has denied any wrongdoing.
According to him, he deserved recognition for his impressive work towards the growth of Ghana’s football.
Anas has released an exciting and suspense-filled piece on his social media page eulogising men who have contributed to the growth of Ghana football.
“It is for these poor folks, the duped, long-suffering fans and the numerous sports journalists some of whom I have mentioned here — journalists who get to work at the crack of dawn and stay late to bring up-to-date news to the public — that I have undertaken this ‘Number 12’ assignment,” he noted.
“It is for the sake of more sanity and transparency that I have decided to scrape clean this tainted football system for a fresh start.
“The very foundation of Ghana football will collapse in a heap, to be rebuilt by the concerned sports journalists and the honest football people who will remain standing,” he further went on.
He, accordingly, urged Ghanaians to hold their breaths for what he termed the “explosive exposé in the coming days”.
What Anas has up his sleeve now, titled: “Number 12: When Misconduct and Greed Become The Norm”, is scheduled to air on June 6, 2018.
It promises to expose greed and corruption in Ghana’s football.
Issues of bribery in the form of livestock and money to influence the showing of red cards, player selection and the award of penalties are said to be regular occurrences in Ghana football.
The video has been labelled in some circles as bigger than the judicial scandal.
Already, some administrators of football have dared Anas and his team to come on with their so-called exposé because they are men of integrity who have run Ghana football without blemish over the last few decades, although their names have not been cited as being part of the scandal.
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered criminal investigations into the conduct of Mr Nyantakyi for using the President’s name to purportedly extort money from potential investors.
Nana Akufo-Addo, according to a Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, had watched a video depicting Mr Nyantakyi urging investors to part with various sums of money to be disbursed to the President, his Vice and other top government officials.
Speaking to journalists at the Presidency in Accra on May 22, 2018, Mr Jinapor said the President had also directed that any other official cited, mentioned or connected to alleged corrupt deals in the video should be investigated.
The President, Mr Jinapor noted, had asked the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to look into the matter and bring culprits to book.
Mr Nyantakyi has so far reported himself twice to the police, in the company of his lawyer, Mr Thaddeus Sory.
He is set to report himself to the police again this week to assist in investigations.