Watch Live Matches

2014 World Cup: Match fixing reports by 'enviable' English press is meant to distract us - Ghana FA boss Nyantakyi

Published on: 23 June 2014
Ghana FA boss seated in the middle at the press conference

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi believes the recent report of a plot to fix Black Stars matches published by The Telegraph is meant to distract the team from their purpose of progressing at the 2014 World Cup.

The English tabloid claim the GFA President has signed a contract with undercover investigators masquerading as representatives of an investment firm interested in buying the rights of Ghana's friendly matches for one year.

The claimed signed contract, according to The Telegraph, had an embedded subplot to fix the games to be arranged by the investment firm.

But Kwesi Nyantakyi who has already denied the report and lodged official complaints to FIFA, CAF and the Ghana Police is questioning the timing of such a publication.

The GFA President believes it is only an enviable and wicked calculation by the English newspaper to distract the Black Stars from qualifying to the Round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup.

“I think that is the objective of that publication [ to distract the Black Stars],” Nyantakyi told a press conference on Monday.

“That it has to be made just on the heels of our match against Germany.

“But I want to assure you that the publication has no effects on the team.

“I have had a meeting with the players to explain the facts to them.

“We believe this publication is to distract us from our objective.

“It is a very mischievous publication, there is no merit in it and is meant to derail our hard won reputation but we will not fall for such cheap propaganda and mischievous journalism.

“We are not responsible for England's [early] exit from the World Cup.

“And why is it that they [English press] are not targeting European countries where fixing of matches originated?

“Africa is always the target, they only conduct their investigations in Africa.”

Ghana have a slim chance of qualifying from Group G but must beat Portugal in their final group game quite comprehensively and hope USA lose against Germany in the other group fixture which will be played simultaneously in Manaus.


This article has 23 comment(s), give your comment
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 24, 2014 12:03 am
    @ the truth. First change the user name the truth; how stupid could you be. Are you dumb or blind and talking about useless entities you're on top of the list you coward. Kwesi Nyantekye is lying go and watch the video fool. No wonder you're an NPP OR NDC supporter you dummy; your fall right into the stupidity i talked about below.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 23, 2014 11:54 pm
    Listen Kwesi Nyantakyi not all Ghanaians are stupid and illiterates okay. I might not have an educational certificate but I can do some logical deduction sir. Who is distracting who; at what stage of the world cup were you expecting Ghana to meet England? never. I have watched and listened to the video and stupid kwesi, you were ready to put their plan into action in september and Decermber. Ain't you the one who suggested and specifically mention to them when those matches could be played?. The video is on daily telegraph website people go there and watch it yourself (the educated folks). This guy with his corrupt degrees is lying through his caterpillar tooth, RESIGN sir because you have been caught. Thats why we have all these wasteful players and coaches in the black stars setup. Corruption has become the basis of your administration. Don't try to throw dust into the air in other to run. Ghanaians too some of you are too stupid, Kwesi Nyantakyi, NDC and NPP are on the same level of corruption but some of you because of your stupidity revolting against these individual and groups is a disruption; therefore helping these individuals to strangled the masses who are suffering. GFA AND GHANA NEED A FEMALE PRESIDENT PERIOD. The male's looks too stupid and timid for my liking. Warning: nana adwoa twekese is ready to return fire.
  • Rasheed says:
    June 23, 2014 11:15 pm
    Shut up you ugly and corrupt man.Who does not know what you are capable of are so gangrenous to the extent that, even the devil is scared of you.
  • the truth says:
    June 23, 2014 11:21 pm
    @PeeWee and Rasheed, Go **** yourselves you fucking faggots. I know you dream for Ghana' failure but you two will be disgraced. Bunch of useless entities, come back when you grow some brains and dignity for yourselves. Ghana, Nyantakye, the coach and the players will continue to shine whether you like it or not. Better hang yourselves because Ghana's success is only beginning.
  • PeeWee says:
    June 23, 2014 11:13 pm
    Only an unborn child does not know how corrupt Ghana, and African football officials are; this should not surprise anyone. Corruption has eaten so deep into officialdom in Ghana its almost impossible to root out.
  • KB says:
    June 24, 2014 12:36 am
    I don't usually leave comments but this is a disgrace for Ghana football Association. Mr Nyantakyi the evidence is in black and white and trying to divert the truth is making you look extremely stupid. The right thing is to accept the fact that you've been caught red handed with your hands in the cookie jog. Do all Ghanaian a favor and step down if you have any dignity Video doesn't lie!!!
  • kobby L says:
    June 24, 2014 01:05 am
    What a shame. We all know about the corruption in African football but this corruption is also prevalent in Europe and the Americas. They are simply making an example of Ghana at a time when the world was preparing to support us just like in 2010. By doing this, people will not be angry or suspicious of Germany and USA if they play a soft match to draw, as the world will think that due to match fixing we don't deserve to progress. This documentary was made over half a year ago why has it just come out now ?? Why were we drawn against a team with a vendetta, the second best team in the world and the world player of the year? Believe me they do not want Africa to prevail and they will fo everything possible to make sure that the strongest African team does not progress. P.s, kwesi nyantakyi you are unbelievable. By talking to these random English people without holding your tongue makes everything look like it is a common practise. You guys are really fucking up Ghanaian football.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 24, 2014 01:58 am
    @ Kobby L. Personal responsibility. why are you blaming other people for the selfishness of this Kwesi Nyantakyi; amazing Ghanaians. Are you sure this happened a year ago? the tone and the places where the conversation took place example miami sounds to me that it just happened. The English were not going meet us anywhere in the qualifying stages. Why blame Germany and USA if they fixed their match. We had the opportunity to beat USA and Germany, what happened Clueless Akwasi Appiah stood on the lines as if he is crying and we lost and draw. Whom are you blaming for your tactically bankrupt coach and your corrupt FA chairman?. Ghanaians think think. Males comment on this forum make me sick to my T.
  • Benito says:
    June 24, 2014 03:01 am
    Some of us on this forum try to ignore some comments from people like adjoa t.teke whore is a cheap whore,stupid,illiterate,useless,uncivilized and a disgrace to women,this ashawo must grow up.if you have nothing sensible to contribute just shut your big mouth.cock sucker !!!!
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 24, 2014 03:02 am
    Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. President Nyantakyi has served Ghana well and Ghanaians will do well to support him. He is one of the few officials that have tried to maintain his office devoid of corruption and bribery. This is an attempt to divide and conquer, it is an attempt to distract the Ghana Black Stars from achieving their goal. Before the Black Stars game in Natal they were put in a hotel that was flooded but nobody had the sense to notify Ghanaian officials that their hotel that FIFA had booked for them was no longer available so they could make alternate plans. The players went into the game against the USA game having endured that unnecessary situation. Then came the rumor that there was revolt in the Black stars camp following the loss to the USA, the Ghana Black Stars were able to survive that challenge and performed admirably despite the distraction. Again the Black stars had to endure the rumor that players were disgruntled because they were not paid bonuses and appearance fees but again the team stood united and focused despite attempts from unscrupulous sources to derail their plans. I can assure you that this last attempt to smear the head of the Ghana Football Association is another attempt to detract the mighty Ghana Black Stars from achieving their goal of winning the World Cup. Did I mention the fact that there were German fans wearing shirts with Black Stars players names on the back with their pink faces painted black? There are some out there that do not think we belong in this tournament and they are doing everything to derail the black stars. Ghana is not Cameroon and we will not be distracted. We will fight and get what is ours. If you do not want blacks or the mighty Black Stars in the World Cup then change the name and call it something else because black, brown, yellow or red we are all members of the human race and we are part of this World Cup. Ghanaians must stand behind their elected FA President until he is voted out of office. Nyantakyi is currently our President and he is innocent until proven guilty. We support him 100% and the Black Stars will not be distracted. If there are forces out there that are going to lose money from gambling bets, I say next time keep your money or bet against the Black Stars at your own risk. Ghanaians must not be bamboozled, do you remember one Dr Nkrumah? They did the same thing, the said he was corrupt and had a bed made of gold and some fools believe this lie, hook line and sinker and overthrew him out of office only to find that he did not own anything. All he had was his love for Ghana and Africa. Ghanaians, President Nyantakyi has been great for Ghana soccer, once they cut off the head Ghana will be ordinary again for generations to come. It will take a very long time to replace such a leader. Go Black Stars, long live African football.
  • Masa masa says:
    June 24, 2014 03:14 am
  • ***Censored***
  • nii says:
    June 24, 2014 03:23 am
    your comments makes you very very stupid. how can you call the lady a whore because she is expressing her option? oh please, grow up. you have a mother. try to give respect to people you disagree with.
  • bisa says:
    June 24, 2014 04:50 am
    It really saddens me that Ghanaians are falling for this mischief. No wonder we were easily enslaved. Oh lord i wish you guys know the level of hatred those guys have for us. Look at the picture they used for their publication? The jubilating Black Stars players from the German match. Open your eyes folks. They just hate the positive reaction we are getting, the support and potential we have at the world cup. They wish it is their English team. What is wrong with us? Don't we have eyes to see? I'm really sad by the reactions of many of you, obviously assuming that the white man is always right.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 24, 2014 05:43 am
    @ Benito. Being an illiterate to me is not shamefull thing if and only if you express yourself, think logically and make some deductions from common sense issues. This forum seems to be males forum because of the sports associated with it. But, Ghanaian educated illiterates like you makes me really sick to my T. Listen benito common sense matter and logical deduction also count in terms of politics and sports. I am sure you're one of the educated illiterates with long degree's but no common sense. I'm ashawo but i'll not open my legs for ulgly and stupid man like you. Talk about uncivilzed persons and you're on top of the list punk. If expressing my views on the thinking of some Ghanaian men like you and how stupid they are interms of their critical thinking makes me a degrace to womanhood than shame on you sir. Definately, you're an NPP, NDC, KOTOKO OR HEARTS SUPPORTER common sense is totally lost to some of these people; Expressed your opinion or challenged them and they're piss. All my comments makes more sense than anything you have read lately. Deducting from your writings and name you might look very ulgly, a follower, lacking common sense and critical thinking. The kind of woman you sleep with can never be my type neither can they reach my societal status despite my educational defiency. Kwasi Nyantakyi is corrupt, Npp and Ndc lack common sense, Kwasi appiah is tactically bankrupt and some Ghanaian men are just stupid example BENITO. People stop defending NYANTAKYI with an excuse of racism and white man trying to bring a black man down. Please watch the video where KWASI NYANTAKYI suggested when they can arranged such a match. GHANA MAN THINK FOR A SECOND.
  • Benito says:
    June 24, 2014 05:52 am
    Nii you call this a "lady"?.is this the way a lady should give her view ?,insulting Ghanaians as if she comes from the moon? Talking about N.p.p and NDC and all that crap! Is she better any Ghanaian? For all you know she doesn't even know how to cook let alone washing her stinking underwear.both of you're stupid court has found this man guilty of this allegations.this story has no credibility,so why someone take it personal and insult the FA president and Ghanaians?????
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 24, 2014 05:52 am
    @bisa, As your name suggest bisa. please Kwasi agreed to everything they said and made some suggestions why blame the white man on this one sir.
  • Kobla Black Star says:
    June 24, 2014 05:56 am
    Some people are commenting on this issue as if they can't think for themselves and make sense out of the information available. People, from all the videos online on this issue, no where had Nyantekyi admitted to the group 'fixing' a match for the black Stars. What I rather deduced was that he requested them to organize a match for the black Stars to see how they work... Nothing about 'fixing' a match - the only two crooks were those local football officials who openly admitted to match fixing.... Kmt!! Some people just before as fools and just take whatever they told... Hmm... Ghana!!
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 24, 2014 06:07 am
    What has this match fixing got to do with Ghana vrs Portugal? Captain, Asamoah Gyan the intelligent captain of the Black Stars says "Ghana will give everything", the players need to follow their leader and give everything against Portugal. Coach Appiah please put your best players on the field to start the game so nobody can accuse you of match fixing!
  • Benito says:
    June 24, 2014 06:14 am
    Adwoa "T Kese" your name says it all,"Big head without brains" what do you mean "logical thinking"??? Are they going to conduct investigations based on"logic" or"facts"???I won't waste my time on you.
  • real sabacious says:
    June 24, 2014 06:42 am
    I know there will always be people to defend the shambolic act of Nyantakyi and his corrupt clonies.He pay his way out in the Ghanaian system but not with FIFA.Have you guys forgotten the midsea saga?there has lot of question marks regarding sponsorship,money from friendly matches,money receive from FiFa for football development and lots more.I'm sure fifa will dig deep into the evidence by daily telegraph and take the necessary measures.let express our opinion without insult,Nana Adwoa I dey ur back
  • andy hama says:
    June 24, 2014 09:04 am
    No matter what comes out after this world cup,it's clear this GFA president for the sake of security of Ghana Black Stars should immediately be stripped of being Black Stars Chairman,to avoid all these conflict of interest.He already owns Wa Stars as a team in the premier league team. One man can not have all these functions to himself and not stay corrupt!,WAKE UP GHANA
  • Benito says:
    June 24, 2014 11:55 am
    No one is defending the FA president but it's very annoying when someone will jump into conclusions as if this guy has been found guilty by any court of law.he is not above the,so if he is found guilty so be it,the law should deal with.the problem with some Ghanaians is the "pull him down"syndrome and its helping us to develop as a people.