Sports News of Monday, 23 June 2014
Statement on match fixing media investigation
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has requested the Ghana Police Service to investigate two persons for misrepresenting the GFA with an attempt to defraud.
Messrs Christopher Antoh Forsythe and Obed Nketiah, last month approached the President of the GFA Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi with a proposal to buy the rights to friendly matches for the Black Stars on behalf of a company they claim to be representing in England.
They approached the GFA President to have a conversation with their boss on Skype and subsequently traveled to Miami - where the Black Stars were camping, without a prior appointment - to meet Mr. Nyantakyi to discuss their proposal.
They were subsequently asked to submit their proposal for consideration which they did and was duly submitted to the Legal Committee of the GFA for perusal and advice.
It has now emerged, following approaches to the GFA from two media houses in England, that Messrs Christopher Anton Forsythe and Obed Nketiah were covertly filmed by a media institution for a documentary on match fixing.
According to the queries from the media, the draft contract sent included a clause that the appointment of referees would be held by the company which sought to buy the rights for the Black Stars friendlies.
The two were also allegedly filmed claiming that they would bribe GFA officials to ensure that the contract is signed.
We wish to state that the GFA did not sign the contract as we waited for the response from the Legal Committee and that the two gentlemen did not make such corrupt offers to the GFA or its officials.
As such we have reported Messrs Christopher Antoh Forsythe and Obed Nketiah to the Ghana Police to investigate them whether they made such claims to the media and whether they were seeking to influence the results of Black Stars matches.
The GFA has also reported the matter to FIFA and CAF.
We wish to assure the public that we will not tolerate such misrepresentations and we will seek strong sanctions against such individuals if such claims are found to be true.