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Report: GFA paid bribes on Ghana vs Egypt game
Ghana Sports Newspaper revealed reports from the Ministry of Youth and Sports that the Ghana Football Association spent over $420,000 as an unclassified payment in the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt.
The Ghanaian reports claimed that the ministry’s expenditure in 2013 showed a $400,000 unclassified payment and a $16,000 of indemnity payments during the Black Stars’ home and away games against the Pharaohs in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Moreover, the reports displayed another payment that was issued in the group stage game against Zambia that was hosted in Kumasi, in which the GFA spent $100,000 on unclassified payments and $16,000 of indemnity payments. The game, which Ghana won 2-1, sent the Black Stars to the summit of the group.
Another payment was reported in the same year, in which the GFA spent $85,000 on unclassified payments and $14,000 of indemnity payments during the group stage game against Lesotho and another $100,000 during the group stage game against Sudan.
An overall amount of $720,000 of unclassified and indemnity payments were spent on the Black Stars’ journey to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. These indemnity payments were paid to match officials for questionable reasons.
Nii Lante Vanderpuiye, Youth and Sports Minister, revealed that the state could spent $1 million in a single game for the Black Stars. These amounts, which was given from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, have raised many critical questions about the GFA’s transparency.
Ghana Sports Newspaper revealed that the GFA has been receiving huge payments from the ministry over the years defined as ‘unclassified payments’; yet, the GFA’s top officer has defined the money as ‘contingencies’.
The stench of corruption in the African Football has become unbearable. Money, sovereignty and relations have become the main features of many strong Football Associations around the continent.