A recent disclosure in the media over a document claimed to have been chanced upon at the Ministry of Youth and Sports pertaining to the government spending over $700,000 to pay bribe to ensure Ghana qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has attracted mixed reactions from the sporting public.
According to some of the fans, the revelation is a disgrace to the male senior national team, the Black Stars.
On the streets of Accra, some fans the Daily Heritage sports spoke to commended those who leaked the document and said it would help streamline the management of sports in the country.
Many others, however, opined that those who leaked the document went too far and that Ghana could face sanctions from the World Football governing body, FIFA.
Kwame Frimpong a resident at Kokomlemle, a suburb in Accra expressed support for the minister. According to him, “the minister is just trying to put in place measures to stop corruption at the ministry where they used the Black Stars to squander monies.
“They always sweep corruption under the carpet by always denying it. I really support Mr. Vanderpuye for the good work he has started by cleaning and bringing sanity to the ministry.” Mr. Frank Mensah a merchant at Adabraka stated.
Eric Wiafe, on his part, disagreed. He said “Mr. Vanderpuye is being a dictator who is not following the laid down procedures of the ministry and the Ghana Football Association (GFA). This is not a sign of a good leader. The document should not have been leaked.”
In a related development, the GFA has debunked the accusation that Ghana used money to influence its qualification to the 2014 World Cup.
A release issued by the communications department of the GFA in Accra said that the bribery report was palpably false and that the GFA or the Government of Ghana does not have budgets for bribes or condone bribery in any form.
“Such wrong suggestions denigrate the hard work and achievements of the Black Stars players when they won 7-3 on aggregate over Egypt that secured Ghana’s place at the World Cup.
“The Black Stars players, technical team and management worked hard to secure Ghana’s place at the World Cup and as always we will continue to win our matches through fair means.
“While urging the media to be responsible in their reportage, we will not hesitate to use the right legal channels available to us to seek redress over such false reports in future.”
By Abraham Tetteh