Sam Johnson, former Black Stars defender
Former Ghana international Sam Johnson said he was not directly asked by any official to pay money in exchange for national team call ups.
Johnson was mentioned by former international Mohammed Gargo as one of three players who were asked to pay money in exchange for call ups to the 2006 world cup in Germany.
Johnson who in 2006 was playing for Kayerispor said the set up was such that players knew they had paid but he never did.
“There are some people nobody can come and ask you for money but you have to think and do what has to be done because that is what is happening. But I was never asked because they know, they would be sorry if they did. There are those they asked directly for money but not me.”
Johnson who played his last game for the Black Stars in 2003 said players no longer fight against bribery because they need the national team.
“We [players] know we need the national team to help our careers so a lot of players are willing to pay but it is wrong. The GFA needs to stop this; Journalists know it’s happening”.
The Ghana Football Association has denied the allegation which comes not long after former team manager Opoku Afriyie accused senior members of the Association of interfering in player selection.
By : Godfred Akoto Boafo/Citifmonline.com/Ghana