BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
THOUSANDS OF Ghanaians yesterday defied torrential rains to watch the latest undercover documentary on crass corruption in football administration in Ghana cleverly put together by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, his Tiger Eye PI and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
In spite of the rains, Ghanaians from all walks of life formed a long queue at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) yesterday to have a personal feel of the documentary dubbed ‘#Number 12#.’
On more than one occasion, there was stampede at the main entrance of the AICC, which gave security personnel a hectic time to restore law and order.
So choked was the atmosphere that while the first show was being premiered, many had already gathered for the second one.
Prior to the premiering, the ace investigative journalist released excerpts of the damning report, which he touted as a piece that would change the very foundation of football in the country.
Two excerpts have already been released on social media, which allegedly expose the Greater Accra regional chairman of the Ghana Football Administration (GFA), Eddie Doku, receiving a whopping sum to allegedly influence the selection of a player for the WAFU games.
Another aspect of the video showed GFA president, Kwasi Nyantakyi, allegedly negotiating with ‘supposed’ investors for money to get them deals.
Reaction from Ghanaians
Majority of Ghanaians who thronged the venue told the DAILY HERITAGE after watching the documentary that Mr Nyantakyi ought to resign immediately.
One of the sports enthusiasts, who watched the documentary, said “From what I saw, I think Mr Nyantakyi must resign to give way for the security agencies to probe his case further.”
Another said “the best for Ghana football is for the GFA president to go. If he refuses to go, then FIFA must intervene for investigations to continue.”
In the course of the premiering, many Ghanaians took to social media to express their anger at the alleged corrupt activities by some officials in football administration in the country.
Prior to yesterday’s screening, a four-minute clip from the one-hour-thirty-minute documentary was shown to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by Anas.
Subsequently, the Presidency revealed at a press conference that the clip showed the GFA President using the offices of President Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, to extort money from people.
The President urged the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service to invite Mr Nyantakyi for questioning.
Mr Nyantakyi subsequently handed himself to the police to assist with investigations after a charge of defrauding by false pretence was levelled against him.