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Ghana FA dismiss reports over World Cup qualifying ‘bribes’
The Ghana Football Association have totally rejected claims about bribing their way to earn 2014 World Cup qualification, calling the report ‘palpably false’.
A report from Ghana Sports Newspaper this week has claimed to shed the light on a bribery case carried out by the Ghana Football Association, claiming that the Ministry of Youth and Sports spent more than $720,000 during the Black Stars’ 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, including over $400,000 for the playoff against Egypt.
However, the Ghana FA said that such accusations diminish the team’s achievement of securing World Cup qualification, after their dominating 7-3 aggregate victory against Egypt, declaring that they may take the appropriate legal actions against these claims.
The Ghana FA statement:
“The Ghana Football Association (GFA)’s attention has been drawn to a publication by the Ghana Sports Newspaper on Monday, 18th July, 2016, suggesting that Ghana bribed its way to secure qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
“We wish to state emphatically that the report is palpably false and that the GFA or the Government of Ghana does not have budgets for bribes or condone bribery in any form.
“Such utterly wrong suggestion denigrates the hardwork and achievements of the Black Stars players culminating in the historic and indisputable 7-3 aggregate victory over Egypt that secured Ghana’s place at the World Cup.
“The Black Stars players, technical team and management worked hard to secure Ghana’s place at the World Cup and as always we will continue to win our matches through fair means.
“While urging the media to be responsible in their reportage, we will not hesitate to use the right legal channels available to us to seek redress over such false reports in future.”