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GFA Requests Copy of #12 Documentary

…Assures No Cover Up

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has requested a copy of the explosive investigative documentary released by Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

According to the football governing body, they take the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them.

In a statement issued yesterday, following Wednesday’s premiere of the shocking video, the GFA assured that there would be no attempt to shield any of their members caught in alleged acts of corruption.

“The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption.”

The latest documentary dubbed ‘Number 12’ exposes corrupt officials at the authority.

A number of Ghanaians on Wednesday, based on invitation, trooped to the Accra International Conference Centre to watch the premiere of the documentary.

However, the Association has disclosed that they weren’t furnished with tickets to watch the documentary, neither were they provided with an advanced copy of the documentary.

They therefore requested for the recorded materials in order carry out their investigation.

“To this end, we believe it’s only fair and proper that Tiger Eye furnishes us with the said documentary and hereby request Tiger Eye, as a matter of urgency, to furnish us with all the recorded materials on this documentary to enable us forward it to the appropriate quarters for further investigations,” the statement mentioned.

Meanwhile the Association has disclosed that they got evidence of some external influences seeking to manipulate matches in various competitions eight months ago.

According the football body, they immediately wrote to FIFA seeking assistance to help combat the threat.

“We received a full FIFA response few days later, with an action plan on how we can fight the menace of match manipulation through a roadmap for the implementation of the national integrity initiative. We are still working with FIFA Integrity Department to find the appropriate dates for the action to help educate our members on the dangers of this menace,”

The Association further mentioned it would subsequently undertake a holistic review of the sports sector and continue with reforms geared towards the enhancement of the game.

By: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum

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