Mon, Jun 23, 7:41pm by Dominic Ciconte
AN undercover investigation from the Daily Telegraph found that the president of Ghana’s Football Association agreed to fixture his nation in international matches that others were prepared to rig.
While there has been no direct link with Ghana’s performance in the 2014 World Cup, the news could not have come at a worse time for the nation, which is still trying to progress past the group stage in Brazil.
The Telegraph launched a six-month investigation into match-fixing after receiving information that some footballing associations were co-operating with criminal syndacites, attempting to fix the results in international games.
In it’s undercover investigation, The Telegraph and a former Fifa investigator claimed they represented an investment company that wanted to “sponsor” games.
Christopher Forsythe, a registered Fifa agent, along with Obed Nketiah, a senior figure in the Ghanaian FA, boasted to the undercover reporters that they could employ corrupt officials, who would rig matches played by Ghana.
The president of the country’s football association then met the undercover reporter and investigator, along with Mr Forsythe and Mr Nketiah, and agreed on a contract to rig matches in return for payment.
The contract stated that it would cost $170,000 for each match organised by the fixers involving Ghana, and would allow a bogus investment firm to appoint match officials, in breach of Fifa rules.
While being secretly recorded, Mr Nketiah divulged the ugly nature of the business.
“You have to give them [the referees] something… they are going to do a lot of work for you, so you have to give them something,” said Mr Nketiah, who is also the chief executive of the Ghanaian football club Berekum Chelsea and sits on the management committee of the Ghana U20 national team.
After the investigation was revealed, the men involved denied all wrong-doing.
The Ghanaian FA announced last night it has asked the Ghana Police Service to investigate Mr Forsythe and Mr Nketiah for “misrepresenting the GFA with an attempt to defraud”.
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