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Ghana FA chief Nyantakyi to sue English newspaper Daily Telegraph over match fixing report

Tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph front page puts a sobering dampener on all the unbridled joy surrounding the World Cup, but it’s a necessary and brilliant piece of work in the bid to oust systematic matchfixers.

Kwesi Nyantakyi says he will take legal action against the UK newspaper

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi will take legal action in the United Kingdom against the newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’, for claiming that he has signed to contract with a betting syndicate to fix results of Black Stars matches.

Nyantakyi rubbished the undercover report by The Telegraph, and Channel 4’s Dispatches programme which sought to link him with match fixing saying it is a calculated attempt to cast a slur not only on his image but that of the GFA and the world governing body of football, FIFA.

The GFA boss revealed that the federation’s seven-page response to the newspaper’s allegations was not reflected in their report on their internet publication with ‘The Telegraph’ writing just one line of reaction from the GFA when it initially published the story.

Nyantakyi says the report is calculated to tarnish his image, using the Black Stars excellent showing at the World Cup to exact maximum traction for the supposed match fixing.

“This is a matter that has been well calculated to tarnish my image as well as that of the football association and even FIFA because they are releasing a report of untruth at a very critical time of the world cup to divert attention and also cast a slur on the image of the entire competition,” Nyantakyi said in an interview.

“We sent a seven-page response to their allegations last week but they chose only to publish just one line in their entire lengthy report they wrote in their newspaper. This clearly shows that they are up to mischief.

“All the international news agencies like the AFP, BBC and AP extensively reflected our points of view which brought balance to their reports but with the intention to deceive the public and stand up a spurious claim against me and the GFA, they (Telegraph) opted not to reflect our version of events.”

The GFA boss revealed that two men approached him last month over their interest in buying the right to organise friendly matches for the Black Stars and were asked to present their proposal for consideration. They did not tell Nyantakyi of any intention to fix matches.

Even before the GFA could respond to the proposal sent by the two men or even sign the contract the Daily Telegraph claims Nyantakyi and the GFA were ready to fix matches.

Mr Nyatankyi, who is a lawyer, said the GFA will file a legal suit against the newspaper “to come and establish an agreement if an agreement can be reached with a corporate body like the GFA by a draft contract.”

“The newspaper should brace themselves up and get ready,” he warned.

The tabloid claimed that Obed Nketiah, a Ghanaian football administrator, and a FIFA agent Christopher Forsythe approached Nyantakyi in agreeing to fix Black Stars international matches.

However, in an interview on Monday, June 23, the GFA boss said he got to know the FIFA player agent through Mr Nketia in Ghana over a proposal to buy rights to Black Stars friendly matches for the next one year.

He insisted that they never proposed to fix matches for the Black Stars as they only sought to buy the rights to organise friendly matches for the team.

The two men, who are not licensed by FIFA to organise friendly matches, were probed by Nyantakyi whether they are experienced in organising matches and they replied that they have no experience but would engage a FIFA match agent to work on it.

Unknown to Nyantakyi, the two men had been secretly filmed boasting that they can fix the results of matches involving the Black Stars if they were handed the right to organise the matches.

He revealed that the two men and the undercover reporters piled pressure on him to sign the contract but he refused insisting that he wanted the Legal Committee advice and approval of the Executive Committee before he could commit to such a deal.

Realising that Nyantakyi is unlikely to sign the deal with travelled to Miami where the Black Stars were camping without prior appointment desperately seeking to commit the GFA boss who stood his ground only saying that a trial of the deal could be made only after approval from the Legal Committee and Executive Committee.

He assured Ghanaians to keep calm as, according to him, the report is a figment of the reporters’ imagination.

“There’s really no cause of alarm as far as I am concerned because nothing untoward has happened involving me or the federation and all the noise being made is of no consequence.”

Meanwhile, the Telegraph’s has been forced to amend it reports on the internet in the wake reports of the report and reaction from the GFA which has been widely covered globally. It h

It has also emerged that in their internet edition, which is available globally, they did not report that Nyantakyi signed the deal to fix matches.

But in the print edition in the UK they made it their headline story with sub-headline: ‘Ghana chiefs sign contract with ‘betting syndicate’ to rig results of international matches’. This shows that they are aware the GFA might not get the print edition since it is only circulated in the UK.

Despite the seven-page response to the Telegraph, they only wrote this: ‘Mr Nyantakyi said that he had not read the contract and he did not know about the deal to fix games. He said that the proposed match would have been handled by a licensed Fifa match agent and that he was unaware that Mr Forsythe had demanded £30,000 for the football association.’

The Daily Telegraph front page puts a sobering dampener on all the unbridled joy surrounding the Black Stars performance at the World Cup.

Below is the copy of the frontpage of the Daily Telegraph today which is different from the online edition they posted

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. zambia Soccerman says:

    You Ghana FA, Kalusha Bwalya lead Faz and other African FA are all corrupt. You all bow down to Blatter and Issa.

    • OGYA says:

      The truth always hurt. Nyantakyi, try suing them and you will be exposed more for all the bribes you have collected. This is David and Goliath but in this case, David don’t stand a chance. You know you have collected bribes so what is the point of you challenging. We lost all our friendlies even to Liberia.

      You claim to be a lawyer, so why don’t you go and practice law and stop hanging around the GFA. There must be a reason for it. Easy money.

      I will not be surprised if the USA game was even sold for the $170,000. Its funny how we have to win a WC game one and the coach decides to put subs on the field.given the seriousness of the game. Nyantakyi you have been caught with your pants down.

  2. Aaaba! says:

    I hope Nyantakyi slaps a big law suit to this goons if what they are alleging is unfounded. Am tired of this self righteous fools who will do monitor their own dirt for their short comings but still wants to get into African affairs. There is a lot to write about British football, keep you noses out of our business!!!!!

    • Rasheed says:

      Aaaba,how much did ugly and corrupt Nyantakyie give you to support him?.Nyantkyie knows the story is true, but he is just faking to sue them.” Every day for the thief man Nyantakyie, but one day for the master”, or are you going to also sue me?. Okay come on gangrenous oaf.

      • Aaaba! says:

        You see this is our problem Rasheed perhaps including you from the way you jump on baseless assertion. This is how they divide and rule. Why did they give two different versions of the story. The truth will come out certainly and don’t go out speculating garbage until proven…… guilty you sick fuck! No body is supporting Nyantakyi but shit talk with facts not because of some silly envy…do you know how difficult it is to manage an organization such as GFA? where some of them think like you do…dumb ass check yourself you dufiss!!!

  3. Benny says:

    You have yourself to blame.Whilst you sit lackadaisically in that five star hotel talking to the under cover agent,what were expecting.
    The video of the alleged match fixing is so embarrassing,l turned the tele off.its everywhere in the media here in the UK.
    Hope your suit will stand but l doubt.How could those two morons be so confident of arranging a friendly match for Ghana .it’s probably been going on.l don’t trust any of those crooks at the GFA.
    Why AA picked a very weak team against Korea last year tells it all.

  4. Mumbi says:

    @Zambian soccerman, you’re wrong. Nyatakyi is not corrupt and his right to sue those British media. Actually the only corrupt thing GFA boss did is to visit Ashanti king for some rituals which where meant to enhance ghanas success at the WC. The king then brought KWAKU BONSAM who tried his charms on CR7 and approve it. GFA then paid huge amounts of money to Kweku Bonsam which has raised audit queries since his charms failed to guarantee ghana’s success.

  5. Laso says:

    I have seen the video myself..there is nothing to implicate Kwesi Nyantakyi in this.It is very clear that the telegraph wants to tarnish the image of Mr. Nyantakyi and Ghana as a whole especially around a time when we are in a world cup..The only people clearly guilty are those to men Mr. Nketiah and Forsythe or whatever his name, those two should be jailed immediately…Its a shame that the Telegraph would want to do something like this to bring shame on our nation

  6. jo says:

    Why is my comment always awaiting moderation on gsn? I never post any insults unlike others who come here purely to insult people..why does gsn not post any of my comments, i dnt understand this what did i do wrong???

  7. jo says:

    wow this is unbeliavble, i have never had any of my comments posted on here yet others who insult and use bad language all the time have their comments always posted..i dnt get it

  8. Jah guide says:

    We all watched the Video and it is crystal Clear so Mr. Nyantakyi don’t try to play the fast one on us

  9. OGYA says:

    The truth always hurt. Nyantakyi, try suing them and you will be exposed more for all the bribes you have collected. This is David and Goliath but in this case, David don’t stand a chance. You know you have collected bribes so what is the point of you challenging. We lost all our friendlies even to Liberia.

    You claim to be a lawyer, so why don’t you go and practice law and stop hanging around the GFA. There must be a reason for it. Easy money.

    I will not be surprised if the USA game was even sold for the $170,000. Its funny how we have to win a WC game one and the coach decides to put subs on the field.given the

  10. Benito says:

    Mr.nyantakyi,these guys told you they are not licensed by FIFA to organize international matches according to this article,so why will you even go ahead entertain them.you must make your cake,you have been the best fa president ever,why allow these crooks to cast slur over your presidency and credibility????

    • Benny says:

      Benito the video is on YouTube .Nyantakyi is not smart at all.How he couldn’t see those guys as under cover by their antics as a lawyer beats my mind.Well may the opportunity to make money blinded his vision and judgement.

  11. Benito says:

    oh,lol did I say “cake” instead of “case”????????

  12. jb says:

    His cup is full now, whilst nigeria and other top africa countries play good European team during international friendly period Ghana with all our pedigree can’t get a decent team to play all bcos of our corrupt fa. Where is the 2010 world cup money sir?

  13. ernest says:

    I think its time 4 Mr. Nyantakyi to go. i simply dont understand y he together with de caf n fifa president want to hold on to power for God nos how long. if one stays in place of authority 4 dat long den surely de system itself would corrupt him. its time 4 him 2 go.

  14. Dr Who says:

    Those Telegraph guys are fools and thought they were smart to outwit Nyantakyi but they failed.Nyantakyi never signed a contract with them to confirm his approval to their proposal and that is where they failed..once a lawyer,always a lawyer…Nyantakyi can now sue them as they published in their newspaper headline that he signed a contract.Ghanaians,open your mind and brains..they tried to implicate Nyantakyi but were not successful.

    • Papa Addo says:

      YOU ARE RIGHT.. HE CAN SUE FOR SLANDER BUT AT THE SAME TIME I THINK THAT THERE IS SOME CORRUPTION IN THE GFA BASED ON THE RESULTS OF SOME OF OUR GAMES AND I HOPE IT IS EXPOSED IN THE TRIALS THAT MAY COME OF THIS HOWEVER IF IT ISN’T THIS WILL HOPEFULLY BE A SCARE TO THE LEADERS IN THE GFA AND MAKE THEM ACT MORE ETHICALLY.

  15. Benito says:

    I hope this not true,but it’s ridiculous how black stars lose some some international friendly matches..hmmmmn anyway let’s focus on our final game with Portugal

  16. GUYS,LET’S BE REAL,NYANTAKYI MIGHT BE BO SAINT,BUT I DOUBT HE WILL MAKE A FOOL OF HIMSELF.HE IS SMARTER THAN THAT.
    . LOOKS LIKE A CONCOCTED EFFORT TO SMEAR HIM IN TAR.AND ALWAYS REMEMBER,DO NOT TRUST ANYTHING FROM THE BABYLONIAN BRITISH PRESS.
    . TO ME,LOOKS LIKE A FOX4 HEADLINE.YES,SINCE MURDOCH APPEARED IN USA,FOX HAS GONE THE BRITISH WAY-EYE CATCHING NEWS WITH NO SUBSTANCE.
    . HMMMM..THE THREE LIONS?ITS TWO LIONS FUCKING A GOAT!
    . QUICK,GET THE CHILDREN AWAY!

  17. Papa Addo says:

    THE BRITISH MEDIA ARE SORE ENGLAND IS ON THE DECLINE IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE, THEIR ROYAL FAMILY, ECONOMY, SPORTS ETC. THEY ARE BEING ENEMIES OF PROGRESS RIGHT NOW.
    I DO BELIEVE THERE IS SOME CORRUPTION IN GFA DUE TO THE STRANGE OUTCOMES OF OUR FRIENDLY MATCHES AND TEAM SECTIONS BUT THEY SHOT A BULLET AND MISSED AND I HOPE THE LAWSUIT FOR SLANDER GOES WELL FOR NYANTAKYIE AND THAT OUR LEADERS SIT UP AND AT ETHICALLY

    COME ON LEADERS OF AFRICA WE NEED TO PROGRESS.

  18. pdot says:

    I am literally watching Channel 4′s programme on the match fixing scandal involving the GFA. I cannot believe my eyes.
    Forsythe & Nketia have to go and sanctioned at the very least. Nyantakyi has to go – he’s lost my trust.. oow Kwesi?
    We all know corruption is all over behind the scenes at all levels.. but to have it displayed to you on national television in this manner is quite something.. whaaaaat. Who knows what other arrangements these guys make on Ghana’s matches.

    I have to re-iterate this was totally disappointing.. asking for money to be hidden in envelopes etc. Their reaction when the investigative journalists confronted says it all.

  19. Rasta says:

    I knew this fool was money money money. Guys dont be fooled he is guilty. We just finished watching a documentary on him here in england( manchester) him and his associates tried to arange a friendly with usa after the world cup. They wanted ghana to loose! Why o why. Its made me think if ghana sold the game to usa at the world cup.
    He needs to resign from the fa asap. All crooks. I wouldnt be suprise if i fibd out ghana lost to usa on purspose because they were willing to loose to them in a friendly which they were playing to play in september.
    So all you ghana villagers saying he is innocent think again. Willing to sacrifise a list for 30000 pounds. Little money like that. This man is a silly greedy fool!

  20. King says:

    A new video is out. 30 mins. They have been exposed guys. Secret meetings in Miami and all sorts. The jig is up.

  21. Ghanaman says:

    Quilty as hell. He got me angry fucking rough. Abroad channel 4.com expose this chap.

  22. Shame English Press says:

    Flopland must go home and leave Ghana alone.