Day 29 of the Dazamefe Commission started off in a controversial note as the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) , Kwesi Nyantakyi who was making his second appearance before the Commission was asked to clarify his religious status.
The GFA President’s decision to swear by the Quran during his first appearance on Tuesday, raised eyebrows as people were under the impression that he is a Christian.
Further checks by the Citi Sports desk also revealed that he also attended the Trinity Baptisit Church even though he was raised as a Muslim.
He expressed his displeasure at the Commission’s decision to make him swear for the second time.
[contextly_sidebar id=”3z67ZmHsY3LwqHziyynXBHAvMqFWt0Cj”]“In the Court of law, will you subject me to this kind of treatment?I don’t feel fairly treated with all due respect. I read this on citifmonline.com yesterday that you are going to this. If you like I will open it. I am not saying you told somebody but what you are doing is not any different from what is in the media.”
A member of the Commission Moses Foh Amoaning also took offense by the accusations from Mr. Nyantakyi and said, “I am very, very offended by the position that president of the FA has taken on the basis of an online information and presuming that the question that I asked was in fulfillment of a strategy…I feel personally very offended by the position that he has taken.”
Nyantakyi later went ahead to clarify some of the highlights of his appearance yesterday where it appeared “ghost names” received payments as management team members, when Ghana participated in the 2014 world cup.
On the issue of how five management members received payments meant for seven people, he said the figure 7 presented to cabinet as the number of management committee members to receive appearance fees did not apply in “practical sense.”
“Seven is a co- efficient, a reference number and it is not a standard number for all the teams, it varies from team that is why we have just one person signing it. If it is for seven people, then seven people must sign for it “
“The reference to a figure 7 is just a coefficient or a reference number. It could be five, it could be four.”
He also explained that over 20 people including officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports were also beneficiaries of the appearance fees of over $500,000.
“Management encompases the management committee, the secretariat and every other person who has played one role or the other towards the success of the team so it includes people within and outside the FA.”
By: Marian Efe Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana