Unnamed sports ministry officials benefited from World Cup money - Kwaku Baako
One of Ghana’s leading journalists Kweku Baako claims unnamed individuals from the sports ministry, apart from the Ghana FA benefited from the World Cup appearance fees.
Apart from the Management Committee members of the GFA who government approved to benefit from the World Cup appearance fees, Baako Jnr is alleging that other unnamed individuals from the ministry and the FA also benefited from the booty.
Kweku Baako Jnr claims these ‘unofficial’ beneficiaries did not sign, as having received the amount.
Mr Baako made these revelations on Joy FM’s Newsfile programme while discussing the Presidential Commission of Enquiry on issues relating to Ghana’s participation in the botched 2014 World Cup.
It has emerged at the hearing of the Presidential Commission that the seven members of the Black Stars’ Management Committee each received $82,500 as appearance fees.
The players of the Black Stars received $100,000 each for qualifying for the World Cup.
While it was public knowledge how much the Black Stars players received, the amount received by the Management Committee members was unknown.
The Chief Accountant of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) Prosper Apasu, with some hesitation on Friday, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry each member of the Management Committee of the Black Stars took an appearance fee of 82,500USD during the World Cup.
The seven-member Management Committee was headed by Kwasi Nyantakyi- President of the GFA and chairman of the Committee, with Felix Ansong, Kwame Ofosu Bamfo, Yaw Boateng Gyan, Moses Armah, Emmanuel Kyeremeh and Fred Crenstil, as members.
The revelation has sent shock waves among critics who claimed the amount received by the committee members was on the high side.
Even more shocking is the revelation by Baako Jnr that some other members of the FA, as well as the ministry, also received a share of the money.
He would not name who were the recipients, nor would he name the amount received, except to say that when challenged he would mention the names.
He said contrary to convention, those persons did not sign for the amount received.