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Kwesi Appiah not worried about 'senseless' bribery allegations against his team

Kwesi Appiah insists his players are well-focused against Cape Verde on Saturday

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah insists his players have not been distracted by widespread allegations of bribery against his team.

The Ghana FA issued a strongly-worded statement to rubbish claims that it attempted to induce Ghanaian-born Niger defender Kofi Dankwa before Monday’s final group B game.

The story which was carried by the Ghana News Agency has been widely condemned by many of the Ghanaian journalists covering the tournament and angered many local fans back home.

The story claimed captain Asamoah Gyan met Dankwa on the eve of the game and attempted to bribe him to throw the game in favour of the West African giants.

The scandalous report is believed to have riled authorities who wasted no time in issuing out an official statement to dismiss the growing report.

The Black Stars will tackle Cape Verde in the first quarter-final on Saturday and there are fears the reports could disturb their concentration ahead of the game at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

But the Ghanaian trainer insists his players are well-focused on the game against the Blue Sharks and not worried about the ‘senseless’ allegations.

“I heard about this negativity that you spoke off. For me there is no truth in it,” Appiah said

“Everyone who watched the game will see that it doesn’t actually even make sense.

“At the end of the day, the FA has issued an official statement on it. What I need to do is concentrate on the game ahead.

“My boys are very focused on our game. As to what someone is suggesting or thinking, it up to that person.

The Ghana News Agency reporter Veronica Commey and Nana Darkwa Gyasi of Accra-based Radio Gold who carried the report are reported to have been banned from the team’s camp in Port Elizabeth.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ghanaman says:

    2 devils working for our enemies.

  2. Nana says:

    This is absolutely nonsense!! I think these journalists are becoming unbecoming, what do they stand to gain with this kind of malicious and irresponsible journalism? No wonder our own president described journalism as a mere job and nothing else. Should this affect the performance of the Black Stars, i swear that some of us are ready to match these journalists boot-for-boot, trust me. GHANA NEWS AGENCY’S SPORTS JOURNALISTS are disgrace to journalism in Ghana. By their fruits we shall know them. Stupid fools

  3. BRAFII27 says:

    jounalism in ghana is jus dull. they jus want to mek a name for demselves as being the first to know. asempa fm is major in dis kind of propaganda.

  4. armah gerald says:

    Ghana is going to win by 2 goals and i know with the power of God through kwasi Appiah we will make it.

  5. Kemp says:

    The act of gaysm n lesbianism is affecting these niconpoops who called thierselves journalist…

  6. Kemp says:

    The act of gaysm n lesbianism is affecting these niconpoops who called thierselves journalist… F*ck urselves

  7. Troy says:

    Seriously if this should affect the Team. We’ll deal with this Journalist. No matter what it takes. Am very annoyed how people can sit and fabricate such defaming stories about our own country.

  8. Opena says:

    You mean the sports psychologist? He is a liar and adulterer. Ask him see if he denies having affairs in Wales whilst studying.

  9. Gimli says:

    Either there is a single grain of truth in this story or it is simply the work of sycophants, GFA should take immediate measures! They shouldn’t let the team and coach, walk alone, inside the valley of the shadow of doubt, for a single minute! This doubt risks to put an immense pressure on their shoulders. And if indeed, it is proven that some people, acted, with the unique motive, to slander the team’s(and country’s) good reputation, the retribution inflicted upon them, should be relentless! In any case, let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.