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Ghana News Agency apologises and withdraws AFCON bribery report

Posted On Monday, 11th February 2013

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations ended on Sunday

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) has apologized for the match-fixing allegation levelled against the Ghana Football Association (GFA) at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations.

The story published on January 31 suggested that officials of the GFA attempted to bribe Ghanaian-born Niger defender Kofi Dankwa before their final Group B match. 

According to the report, Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan met Dankwa on the eve of the game in an attempt to throw the game in favour of the Black Stars.

The GNA carried the report even though they had a reporter at the tournament close to the Black Stars camp and did not cross-check the report before publishing.

The GFA issued a statement to categorically deny the story which it described as ‘false, irresponsible, reckless and mischievous’, sensing it as an attempt denigrate the reputation of the Black Stars team during the competition.

After being confronted with the evidence that the report is false and lacked all the basic ethics of journalism, the GNA has issued a grovelling apology and withdrawn the story

“The Ghana News Agency hereby retracts its story “NSPO 003″ filed from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on January 31,” a statement signed by the Supervising Editor of the GNA.

“It alleged that “Ghana’s 3-0 win over Niger at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations has been slurred by allegations of bribery against Niger defender, Koffi Dankwa.”

“We regret the inconvenience.”

Meanwhile radio Gold who also carried the report have also apologised and withdrawn the story.

 

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ghanas Son says:

    There’s no smoke without fire.
    Sack Akwasi Appiah Now. We have world cup qualifiers to play soon
    http://www.facebook.com/SackKwasiAppiahNow

  2. STUPID GHANAIAN says:

    Just looking at how the charcoal award winning Ghana found itself to the semis, with those cheap penalties and other funny happenings, that story could be true!!. Its actually true!!

  3. One Andy says:

    Im told there is a new slogan at AFCON 2013 ‘No penalty no Ghana’

  4. Prophet of doom says:

    YES. NO PENALTY, NO GHANA

  5. watataman says:

    I to not see why such bribery allegations should be retracted. When the world watch Ghana with regret and being favored by tournament officials.
    How about the phrase “no penalty no Ghana”. This has been the norm since 2010 world cup. It s about time we fix the striking department and score goals. Much preference than to be awarded goals. Ghana is way bigger than such and FIFA must investigate both Ghana and Afcon organizers.

  6. Buadi says:

    You guys are behaving as if Black Stars were nothing but cheaters at the just ended AFCON tournament. And most of you are writing rubbish (no brainer)on this forum. The boys were not disgraced but it was rather unfortunate that things didn’t go well with the team at the semis. This situation has happened to football giants like, Brazil, Argentina, Gr. Britain, Germany and many others. Who ever thought Nigeria was going to win the cup? What about Ivory Coast? Not forgetting about those who did not qualify to the tournament. Such as, Cameroon, Egypt, and Senegal? If you have nothing positive say just shut your big mouth down.

  7. selfmade says:

    Journalism is the easiest profession in Ghana because anyone can be one!!!! U don’t need any qualification be a journalist in ghana!!! All one has to do to become a seasonal journalist in ghana is to failed your SSCE exams in maths and English,then u divert to Ghana school of journalism with the failed script and they ll gladly enrolled u!!! Or better still,with the failed SSCE script in maths and english,just applied for some orphan fm station in kumasi and start to recite poems( bue ba in twi) then everyone will start calling u a so called so seasonal!!! I know that most of so called seasonal journalists didn’t passed their SSCE maths,english and science and out of frustration became stupid journalists writing bullshits!!!! Some of them has resit the exams for four or five times in order to pass their maths,english and science and has still failed to pass!!! The so called seasonal journalists has faced the 1,2,3,4 and some are waiting for their 5 SSCE world wars to passed simple maths english,science( EMS) and what good can come from these so called seasonal journalists!!!! Viva the revolutioncioooooooooooooooo!!!!??

  8. Kwame says:

    “We regret the inconvenience.”

    I would hardly call that a grovelling apology. But of course, this is coming from a website that publishes articles in Pidgin English.





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