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OUTRAGE OVER ANAS NUMBER 12 FILM

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A crescendo of protest over the conduct of Kwesi Nyantakyi and his band of soccer mercenaries yesterday greeted the first public screenings of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s much-awaited exposé “Number 12”, on what may well be described as Ghana’s day of shame.

A crescendo of protest over the conduct of Kwesi Nyantakyi and his band of soccer mercenaries yesterday greeted the first public screenings of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s much-awaited exposé “Number 12”, on what may well be described as Ghana’s day of shame.

 

The popular verdict was that there has to be some house cleaning of the GFA stables if Ghana football is to regain its lost glory.

The vivid images of otherwise responsible Ghanaian public officials begging for favours and dollars compelled millions of citizens to express shock at the deep rot that appears to have set in at the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Some of the conversations in the film are marred by discordant notes of criminality and certain actions by the president of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, reek of misconduct. Deputy Roads Minister Anthony Karbo, Ghana Premier League referee Samuel Sukah and Eddie Doku, Greater Accra FA boss, also appear in an unflattering light.

The film confirms nagging speculation by Ghanaians generally, and lovers of football in particular, about suspect affairs at the GFA.

The producers of the film have captured Mr Nyantakyi in a highly suspect exchange with undercover agents of ace investigative journalist Anas who posed as investors. He is shown advising them on steps they should take to grab fat contracts in Ghana.

In the conversation, the GFA chief executive tells the investors: “I can promise you that I can take you to whoever is important in Ghana… We will meet them one on one and then you can give the money to them personally... Give them something small for starters with your own discretion, and when you get the big contracts we can go back and give them more money.”

He is then recorded declaring arrogantly, “When we do this we will take over the whole country.”

Nyantakyi further bragged about being able to secure a meeting with the President and Vice-President as well as Roads Minister Kwasi Amoako-Atta, if an amount of $11 million can be made available to him to be split between the men.

Nyantakyi also boasts about owning a microfinance company in Ghana and how he is on the verge of bringing Lycamobile, a United Kingdom-based telecommunications firm, to invest in Ghana.

In the tape, another GFA official, Eddie Doku, is seen taking an envelope stuffed with money from an undercover Tiger Eye reporter. He unwraps the cash and spreads the loot between the left, right and back pockets of his trousers. Then he quickly hands the crumpled envelope back to the undercover reporter.

Wisdom Agornu, a football fan, was at the Accra International Conference Centre to see the premiere of the ground-breaking film. Speaking to the Daily Statesman, he expressed his disappointment at the GFA president for stooping so low and ruining his personal and the national image.

“It is very disappointing,” Agornu said. “The way I respected Kwesi Nyantakyi... I did not expect this from him at all. This is very embarrassing.”

Emmanuel Allotey, a tertiary-level student, insisted that it is the rot among GFA leaders that has led to the downfall of Ghana’s Premier League. He said the rot had led to low patronage of Premier League matches across the country.

BBC World Service broadcast its own one-minute trailer on the inside story behind the “Number 12” investigation on Tuesday June 5. There will be further screenings of the full exposé at the Accra International Conference Centre today, Thursday 7 June, at 3pm, 5pm, 8pm and 10pm. It will also be screened in Kumasi at the GCB Auditorium of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on June 9 and 10 (times to be confirmed).

In all, almost 70 referees, 14 GFA officials and six Ghana Sports Authority officials are cited as complicit in various acts of corruption unearthed by the investigation.

However, two patriotic Ghanaians stand tall in the film by rejecting bribes – lawyer Kwaku Ayiah and match commissioner J. F. Mensah.

The chief Arab investor captured on film has been identified as Sheikh Al Thani, a Qatari businessman said to have doled out a staggering US$8 million to John Dramani Mahama and his National Democratic Congress to help him win the 2016 elections.