GOVERNMENT is to probe the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and its President through forensic audit for alleged financial deals in matches played by the Black Stars towards Ghana’s participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to a government White Paper.
Apart from the GFA, as a body which faces investigation over various sums of money, its President, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, faces investigations over how he spent $200,000 the state paid to him towards a friendly match while the Black Stars were preparing for the World Cup.
Briefing correspondents at the Flagstaff House yesterday, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, said the government accepted most of the recommendations by the Dzamefe Commission of enquiry.
The investigations would ascertain the claims of losses totaling $1,002,000 during the matches involving Ghana and Cape Verde, Ghana and Nigeria, and Ghana and Togo.
Additionally, the investigations would establish the claim by the GFA that an amount of $350,000 it received from the Japan friendly game was used to offset the deficit incurred in the Ghana – Cape Verde qualifying match.
According to the White Paper, the probe would also touch on whether match fees for the Ghana versus Holland and Ghana versus South Korea friendly matches were eventually paid by the match agents or organisers, after the request by Cabinet to the Ghana National Petroleum Authority (GNPC) to fund the matches and how the funds were applied.
Besides the GFA is to be investigated on how it applied the FIFA World Cup preparation money of $1.5 million and the $2 million they received from GNPC before the World Cup vis-a-vis match agent funding of the friendly matches to the World Cup, to clear any doubt of double funding, misapplication or misappropriation of funds.
On how supporters were catered for during the tourney, the White Paper indicated that government accepts the commission’s recommendation that the unaccounted for expenditure of GH¢189,000 should be investigated and anyone found culpable should be surcharged.
It also took note of the “co-efficient theory and definition of “management” by the GFA president and said, “Government accepts the recommendation that the concept of “co-efficient” and “management” as defined by the GFA boss should be dismissed.
“Government further accepts that the management members of the GFA as known and present at the World Cup, who should have been paid appearance fee, for as budgeted, are Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, Alex Ansong, Moses Armah, Yaw Boateng Gyan and Ofosu Bamfo,” the White paper said.
The White Paper stated again that in future the intent of compensating members of the national teams should be made clear.
By Samuel Nuamah