Ethics C’tee to meet match-fixing duo

The Ethics Committee of the Ghana Football Association will meet the two men exposed by a British media undercover investigation to pre-arrange Black Stars friendly matches next week.

Messrs Christopher Anton Forsythe and Obed Kwame Nketiah were filmed claiming they will fix a match involving the Black Stars and bribe the federation’s officials.

The committee wants to find out if truly they were bent on achieving their target.

The pair has been granted police bail while their statements over the match-fixing scam were taken and travel restrictions placed on them to allow investigators question them whenever they are required.

Broadcaster Channel 4 and the Daily Telegraph reported the allegations a day after Ghana’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Germany at the World Cup.

They allege a FIFA-licensed match agent Forsythe and Berekum Chelsea CEO Nketiah offered to arrange for friendlies involving the national team to be fixed.

A contract they handed to the president from the undercover reporters said that Diamond Capital would have been involved in choosing the referees, which is barred by Fifa because officials can influence games and results.

They also bragged they needed $30,000 to bribe Ghana FA officials to get them to agree to the deal.

*Former minister for Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah ha revealed that no Ghana Football Association (GFA) official benefited from the money that was flown to Brazil to pay the Black Stars players.

The government had airlifted the money reported to be around 3 million dollars to Brazil, to pay the appearance fees of the players of the Black Stars after they had threatened to boycott Ghana’s final group game against Portugal.

The players were reportedly paid an amount of 100 thousand dollars each, with reports claiming that officials of the Ghana Football Association also received a percentage of the amount.

However, Mr. Afriyie Ankrah, speaking to Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana last Sunday, refuted the claims, saying that only the players and the members of the technical team received the money, adding that no GFA official had received some of the money.

He also said the decision to pay the money to the players in cash was taken based on the advice of the coach Akwasi Appiah.

The former sports minister also denied accusations that he flew business class with his family while the players flew coach on the same plane.

He stated that his family, though they did join him in Brazil later, were not on the same flight as the players.

He said that the players “had a lot of fun” on the flight, saying that most of the players had decided not to sit in business class, although “there was enough space,” preferring to fly coach, where they could “stretch their seats.”

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