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Ghana FA slams 'vicious' bribery reports before Niger clash at AFCON

Published on: 31 January 2013

The Ghana Football Association has rubbished reports that it attempted to bribe Ghanaian-born Niger defender Kofi Dankwa before Monday's final Group B match.

The publication was carried by the Ghana News Agency correspondent at the tournament  in South Africa which was also filed by the reporter of Accra-based radio station Radio Gold on Thursday.

The Black Stars defeated the Menas 3-0 in the Group B encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

According to the report Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan met Kofi Dankwa on the eve of the game in an attempt to throw the game in favour of the Black Stars.

This report was carried even though it is known to journalists at the tournament that the strict security arrangement by the South African authorities during the tournament does not allow players to leave the team's hotel unless it is official duties approved by CAF.

Yet the report went ahead to make such claims which has led to the GFA to slam the report late at night in Port Elizabeth.

"We wish to state emphatically that report is false, irresponsible, reckless and mischievous," a statement issued by the GFA late on Thursday night in South Africa read.

"The GFA would like to state emphatically that there is no iota of truth in the report and it is the reckless imagination of the authors of the report."

The GFA added that the report is calculated to dampen the spirit of the Black Stars as they are just three wins away from the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 31 years.

"GFA is extremely disturbed that at a time that the country is solidly behind the Black Stars to bring the Africa Cup of Nations trophy home, a tiny minority of journalists would engage in such nation-wrecking activity," the statement read.

''In as much as the GFA will strive to create opportunities to enhance the work of the media during this tournament, we will not condone acts meant to tarnish the image of the country."

Ghana will play Cape Verde on Saturday in the quarter final in Port Elizabeth and the GFA says the report will not disturb their concentration ahead of the game.

"We want to assure the people of Ghana that the team is focused on the campaign at the Africa Cup of Nations and with God on our side we will secure victory against Cape Verde on Saturday," the GFA said.

While the report sought to create the impression that Dankwa played a soft game against the Black Stars, he was the lead hatchet man for Niger during the game.

Dankwa even scored the goal that was disallowed by the referee after one of his team-mates fouled Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.

Ghana beat Niger to top Group B setting up Saturday's clash with Cape Verde.


This article has 17 comment(s), give your comment
  • Olembe. says:
    February 01, 2013 12:10 pm
    Am really surprise that Kofi Dankwa will take tht money and play soo hard again the black stars. I think everybody saw how he was so aggresive on the Ghanaian attackers. For me am not surprise some Ghanaian journalist are doing tht. The purpose of them being there is to go and destroy the team.To them, they wish this current FA fail so tht they can sit on radio and talk about the FA. I was so surprise to hear DAN KWEKU YEBOAH claiming tht guy is their fellow journalist so they have to know how to deal with issues as they unfold. Is this hypocrite not the one who claim they'll speak when they see or hear?. Is he not that same DKY who has tagged himself tht the 'truth is just one?' ENO KORE YE BA KO PE?. U see how hypocrite DKY is? He's covering the guy jux because he shares the same idealogy with him. God is watching of us. u hypocritesssssss.
  • Chu says:
    February 01, 2013 10:14 am
    @ mumkins, you r tooooo much. Lol
  • theprince says:
    February 01, 2013 08:35 am
    veronica commey is a traitor she must be punish she is disgrace to womanhood konkonsani bronsam baefo)
  • tank God we are not zambians says:
    February 01, 2013 08:17 am
    why will we bribe niger? we hav played niger 9 times n won 8 tyms.we hav even scored dem 9 goals b4.whhy bribe such a team
  • texas says:
    February 01, 2013 06:49 am
    That was January fool on's not even April yet, but Zambians are being fooled....
  • Dr Who says:
    February 01, 2013 06:24 am
    Oh who did this to our chipolopolo friends!
  • Don Justy says:
    January 31, 2013 10:22 pm
    We live in a world which only recognizes winners, me first n nothing less. The end justifies the means, fair or foul. Ghanaians want the cup. Win it for them, fair or foul, whatever means. Use what u have to get what u want. No one shd complain...
  • lalasu says:
    January 31, 2013 10:31 pm
    even if it is true, what could he alone do, why didnt he prevent the Malian goal? If he is that good, why didnt he get call up into the blackstars but Niger?
  • the truth says:
    January 31, 2013 11:20 pm
    why would we bribe to beat niger of all teams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we can beat niger in our sleep! idiotic journalist. God will punish them for their stupidity
  • Ghanaman says:
    January 31, 2013 11:21 pm
    You are not Ghanaian stop trolling. You are probably the corrupt Zambian who bribed FIFA!! This article is offensive and the journalist behind it should be taken to court and reveal who they are working for!!!
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    February 01, 2013 01:00 am
    FOOLISHNESS...AND SO WAT? ID RATHER LOSE N BE KICKED OUT OF AFCON 2013 WITH SOME MONEY OR NOTHING AT ALL...... WHERE IS THE PROOF? He said it has also emerged that the 24-year old, who resides in Dansoman when on holidays in Ghana, enjoyed a night out with Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan on the eve of the crucial match, which the Mena needed to win to advance to the last eight. EEEIII, AA, WHY ARE THESE PLAYERS BEEN LEFT TO GO OUT AND CHILL? NO SEX OOOO TOM!
  • Ghanaman says:
    February 01, 2013 01:03 am
    Yes Allah should strike down all the enemies of this team and may curses follow them for the rest of their lives!!
  • texas says:
    February 01, 2013 01:11 am
    Non sense...Ghana can raise ten teams from ten cities in Ghana 2moro, and each of those teams can beat any of the teams at AFCON 2013.....we will not waste our money way......Kofi Dankwa is not even known in Ghana!
  • Chu says:
    February 01, 2013 01:27 am
    Niger failed to score. The claim for the goal was trounced because the ref whistled before the ball was knocked in. Niger would had qualified if they had beaten us. What else do they need. Sorry but some people like those behind this story need to be jettisoned into the sea.
  • mukmin says:
    February 01, 2013 01:29 am
    Jodi Dankwa and Gyan are the reason we beat them 3-0 if not it should have been 6 or 7 to nothing Guam missed 3 other good chances and Dankwa was their best defender and prevented further embarrassment for them
  • Dr Who says:
    February 01, 2013 01:30 am
    Nonsense....this is bullshit.Of all the goals scored,they should tell us how Kofi was able to conjoled any of them.2ndly,Gyan never had a time with Kofi in town.Do they think this was the first Ghana had defeated a team parading a Ghanaian or what?....Nonsense!
  • Africanus says:
    February 01, 2013 02:33 am
    Zambians are getting used to getting free points from CAF. They are dreaming that the CAF will give them a free pass to the AFCON quarter finals. Read the BBC article below: The Confederation of African Football has denied that defending champions Zambia have been reinstated in the Africa Cup of Nations. Thousands celebrated across Zambia on Wednesday as a rumour spread that Group C rivals Burkina Faso had been disqualified. "This is not true," CAF secretary-general Hicham El Amrani told BBC Sport. Zambia exited the finals on Tuesday after drawing 0-0 with the Burkinabe. Continue reading the main story “It was amazing, like we had won the cup again” Zambia fan Daniel Banda The point, which left last year's winners third in Group C, represented the first time the defending champions had failed to reach the knock-out stages since Algeria suffered the same fate in 1992. As the rumour of a reprieve spread, Zambians in the capital Lusaka and elsewhere started to take to the streets in celebration. "This was not only in Lusaka but across Zambia," Mwandama Arnold, 32, told BBC Sport. "When the rumour came in, people started celebrating with the main street in Lusaka full of cars hooting and people whistling in celebration." Another Chipolopolo fan witnessed the same scenario. "I got the news at around half four in the afternoon," said Daniel Banda. "I just heard lots of cars honking outside my office window and wondered what was happening." The 35-year-old was soon told the false report that Burkina Faso had been disqualified for fielding an ineligible player. "Thousands of fans have been celebrating - it was amazing, like we had won the cup again," added Banda. "This morning, Lusaka was very quiet and no one was wearing any Zambia jerseys but when the news broke of our 'reinstatement', people started buying jerseys, wearing scarves and there was a lot of honking." The precise nature of the rumour's origins are unclear although it is widely believed to have started in Lusaka.