The entire Tiger Eye PIâ€™s documentary which is centered on football and politics dubbed â€œNumber 12â€ painted a hopeless state of affairs within Ghanaâ€™s football governing body and the sports sector as a whole and that is tantamount to a national disaster, Felix Ofosu Kwakye has said.
According to the former communications minister under the erstwhile Mahama administration, what is even more outrageous is the fact that, the president of the Ghana Football Association, GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi has not indicated that he will resign from his post after being caught red handed engaged in dubious dealings which by extension indicts the presidency.
â€œIâ€™m particularly shocked by the fact that he has not come out to express his intent to lay down his tool for a more credible candidate to take the reins of Ghana football.
â€œPrior to the screening of the explosive investigative piece, on Wednesday June 6, Ghanaians were of the view that, claims of his dealings were mere speculations. Now, the full video has been premiered and we know for a fact that he took bribe to cheaply sell this country.
â€œShe shouldnâ€™t wait to be told to resign. Rumours which was making rounds after the explosive video was aired was that, he had resigned but since no confirmation has come from his quarters we, assume he is still assuming his position and has no intent to exit. That in itself is a national disaster,â€ he observed on Metro TVâ€™s Good Morning Ghana.
For years, corruption in football has been mere speculation and Mr. Nyantakyi had had brushed aside such claims with such certainty that no one would doubt him but on June 6 almost all but two the football people, could stand the test of integrity.
Kweku Eyia and JF Mensah, two men with the GFA Executive Committee stood tall in rÃ©sistance to a bait meant to compromise their faith, their positions and their decisions.
In the video which began with the chilling accounts of the May 9 disaster in which over 120 lives were lost as a result of crowd violence in a Hearts of Oak and Kotoko game in 2001.
What led to the violence was a controversial decision taken by the referee to accept a goal which the Kotoko fans deemed to be an offside goal.
While there was no evidence of money changing hands in that game it did not appear referee Samuel Suka and his team of bribe-taking referees had taken lessons from the happenings of 2001.
It never did occur to them that a decision they take on the field could led to the death of people on the field and out of it over a decade ago.
Per the revelation in the explosive documentary â€œNumber 12â€ referees have shown it was possible to collect monies as bribe from one team only to go on the field and take dubious decisions against them.
Again, the suspended National Sports Authority boss Robert Safo Mensah who pleaded his innocence during the visa racketeering scandal that broke early this year may now have to bow his head in shame after he was captured taking Â¢5,000 to get a player unto the national teams.
With a smirk on his face and a little dimple on his cheek, he took the bribe money with a promise of getting the player in there.
Some of his officers were also caught on tape taking bribes to facilitate trips abroad. The ministry of sports was not left out. Some protocol officers also fell for the Anas bait.
It is in line with these revelations and more that, the former minister expressed disgust over his silent move to subtly stay in power while he partook and observed all manner of scandalous deals pass under his nose as GFA president for over 10 years.
See some reactions on Anas Aremeyaw Anasâ€™ popular Number 12 in post below.
â€” Mixer (@6_lashes) June 6, 2018
â€” CitiNewsroom (@Citi973) June 6, 2018
â€” DavidHarrison (@Davidson_Harrys) June 6, 2018
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â€” CitiNewsroom (@Citi973) June 6, 2018
An earthquake is coming. #BBCAfricaEye is about to bring you the inside story about @anasglobal‘s explosive investigation into football. Will the game in Africa ever be the same again? #number12 #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Z2d7taQt65
â€” BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) June 5, 2018
Congrats ??? to my General Manager Mr. J.F Mensah, who happens to be GFA Match commissioner that refused to take bribe under the investigation of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s @AnasgIobal #Number12 pic.twitter.com/3DQXxABXhh
â€” shugaspot.com (@primsugarjnr) June 6, 2018
â€” KWESI ARTHUR BET DKB ??? (@dkbghana) June 5, 2018
â€” Selly (@selorm__a) June 6, 2018