Government has ordered investigations into the financial dealings of the Ghana Football Association and its President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, with regards to matches played in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup ion Brazil.
The directive came in its White Paper of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Ghana’s participation in the tournament in Brazil.
The investigations would also establish the claim by the GFA that the $350,000 was received from the Japan friendly game was used to offset the deficit incurred in the Ghana – Cape Verde qualifying match for the World Cup.
The finances of Kwesi Nyantakyi will also be looked into to ascertain how he used $200,000 which was paid to him by the state towards a friendly match while the Black Stars were preparing for the World Cup.
The White Paper was the next line of action for the state after it had received the report following the end of the Commission’s work in November 2014.
The report was presented to the President John Dramani Mahama in March this year at the Flagstaff House and the President handed it over to the Attorney General for study and advice.
Government in the white paper also backed the recommendation from the Dzamefe report which called for investigations into the “unaccounted expenditure of GH¢189,000′ with regards to the amount spent on Ghanaian fans who travelled to Brazil .
The white paper from Government also acknowledged the “co-efficient theory and definition of “management” by the Kwesi Nyanyaki, the president of the Ghana Football Association directing that it should be dismissed.
“Government accepts the recommendation that the concept of “co-efficient” and “management” as defined by the GFA boss should be dismissed,” it said.
Government also stated in the release that that only five members of the Black Stars management team should have received monies meant for appearance fees.
“Government further accepts that the management members of the GFA as known and present at the World Cup who should have been paid appearance fee for as budgeted are Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, Alex Ansong, Moses Armah, Yaw Boateng Gyan and Ofosu Bamfo,” the White paper said.
Portions of the White Paper also indicate that the Government should set up Technical and Management, Funding and Management and Marketing and Sponsorship Committees to handle these aspects of the sports in Ghana in the future.
The White Paper then recommends in Paragraph 3.8 that the Ghana Football Association should fully disclose the financial details involved in organising friendly matches.
These details should include the expenditure and costs incurred in putting together these friendly matches.
These details are to be made public after the said match has been played.
Sponsorship funds and expenditure for all friendly matches must be made part of the GFA’s budget before the start of the year.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana