The Ethics Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has cleared the association’s president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, of all allegations of match-fixing made against him and two other officials.
British newspaper The Telegraph and Channel, in June, accused the Ghana Football Association and its President, Kwesi Nyantakyi of their involvement in deals to fix international friendly matches for the senior national football team, the Black Stars.
The newspaper claimed that “the President of Ghana’s Football Association agreed for the team to play in international matches that others were prepared to rig.”
[contextly_sidebar id=”bgmu7kiQDIrz8U3gRuZ86sXtfVHvQVdH”]World football governing body, FIFA, referred the matter back to the FA’s Ethics Committee after its preliminary investigation but announced it would “continue to monitor the investigations and any future proceedings.”
According to a statement on the GFA’s official website on Tuesday, the Ethics Committee had resolved that Mr. Nyantakyi “did nothing untoward in the alleged match-fixing arrangement.”
However, the Committee revealed that it was necessary to conduct further investigations into the two others implicated in the scandal, Obed Nana Kwame Nketiah and Mr. Christopher Forsythe.
The statement added that “the Committee chaired by Nana Adjei Ampofo heard:
– Oral evidence given by Obed Nana Kwame Nketiah, Mr. Christopher Forsythe and Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi.
– Written statements produced by FIFA’s Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee and also by Obed Nana Kwame Nketiah, Mr. Christopher Forsythe and Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi.
– Video/audio evidence presented by the Investigatory Chamber of FIFA
– Correspondences between Channel 4 Dispatch and the Daily Telegraph on the one hand and Obed Nana Kwame Nketiah, Mr. Christopher Forsythe and Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi. ”
Mr. Nketiah and Mr. Forsythe when questioned by the committee are said to have confirmed that Mr. Nyantakyi was not informed “about their meetings and discussions with UK based company, Diamond Capital Management (DCM),who were desirous of doing business with the GFA in the organization of International friendly matches for the Ghana National Team on a long term basis.
According to them, Mr. Nyantakyi was “only told about the company’s interest in organizing international friendly matches for the national teams and that he had no knowledge of the wider dynamics involved.
After reviewing all the evidence before it, the Ethics Committee stated that:
“Considering the evidence before us, we are of the view that Mr. Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association did nothing untoward in the alleged match fixing arrangement,” a statement by the Ethics Committee said.
“We accordingly absolve him of any attempt or preparation to do any match fixing or of any improper conduct.”
On both Mr. Nketiah and Mr. Forsythe, the Ethics Committee stated that:
“We, on the other hand, find a lot of questions and issues which need to be answered or explained by both Mr. Nketiah and Mr. Forsythe. Their roles and suggestions in discussions with the said Diamond Capital Management (DCM) officials and other related issues required further investigation.
“We have received a copy of a letter written by one lawyer Tuah Yeboah in which he alleges that his clients, Mr. Nketiah and Mr. Forsythe were only feigning interest; and another letter by a lawyer called Edward K. Oppong in which he denies any improper conducts on the part of his clients.
“We think that, for these reasons, it is necessary to conduct further investigations in the matter as it relates to Mr. Nketiah and Mr. Forsythe. We will accordingly give them an opportunity to appear before us again with their lawyers (if they so wishes) to explain the issues and answer questions.”
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana