Ghana police starts investigations into match-fixing after Ghana FA approach
The Ghana Police Service has started investigations after the country’s football federation approached after being linked to match-fixing in a British media undercover sting.
Officers and investigators from the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) visited the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) on Monday morning after the federation reported the matter last week.
The GFA called in the police after being linked to match-fixing in a British media undercover sting, which involved two men were filmed claiming they will fix a match involving the Black Stars and bribe the federation’s officials.
Ghana’s governing body said in a statement on Sunday that it has asked police to ”investigate two persons for misrepresenting the GFA with an attempt to defraud.”
They allege a FIFA-licensed match agent and Ghana club chief executive offered to arrange for friendlies involving the national team to be fixed.
“We reported the match-fixing matter to the IGP on Thursday. This morning the CID met the GFA as investigations are underway,” the Ghana FA posted on its official Twitter page on Monday night.
The Ghanaian police is expected to question the two men before a decision is taken whether to charge them with any crime following the action by the GFA to report the matter to the police.
“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,” the GFA statement read on Sunday night.
“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.”
The statement went on to add that world governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football had also been informed of the allegations.
In a further statement on Monday, GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi vehemently denied the claims.
“The report of the newspaper or the media house is entirely not accurate,” Nyantakyi said.
“There is a representation of half-truths and half-lies. It’s not true that we have agreed with match fixers or people who intend to organize matches of convenience between the Black Stars and any opponent in the future.
Ghana face Portugal in their final Group G match on Thursday, needing a victory in Brasilia and there to be a winner in the game between Germany and the U.S. to have a chance of qualifying for the round of 16.