Ghana FA reports duo to police over match-fixing attempts

The country's governing body has reacted to reports of collusion with fixers by distancing itself from two men caught by undercover journalists

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has reported two men to police after they made an approach to buy rights to friendly games which a media investigation has since claimed to be vehicles for match-fixing.

An undercover operation by The Telegraph alleged that Fifa-registered agent Christopher Forsythe and Obed Nketiah, who pretended to be acting on behalf of the GFA, promised that friendly games involving Ghana could be sold for around €130,000.

The pair reportedly boasted they could “grease the palms” of referees and introduced an undercover journalist to the GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.

The GFA responded with a statement in which it distances itself from the pair and denied any knowledge of wrongdoing.

“[Forsythe and Nketiah] last month approached the President of the GFA Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi with a proposal to buy the rights to friendly matches for the Black Stars on behalf of a company they claim to be representing in England,” said the statement.

“They approached the GFA President to have a conversation with their boss on Skype and subsequently travelled to Miami - where the Black Stars were camping, without a prior appointment - to meet Mr Nyantakyi to discuss their proposal.

“They were subsequently asked to submit their proposal for consideration which they did and was duly submitted to the Legal Committee of the GFA for perusal and advice.”

The statement continues: “According to the queries from the media, the draft contract sent included a clause that the appointment of referees would be held by the company which sought to buy the rights for the Black Stars friendlies…

“We wish to state that the GFA did not sign the contract as we waited for the response from the Legal Committee and that the two gentlemen did not make such corrupt offers to the GFA or its officials.

“As such we have reported Messrs Christopher Antoh Forsythe and Obed Nketiah to the Ghana Police to investigate them whether they made such claims to the media and whether they were seeking to influence the results of Black Stars matches.”

As well as alerting the police, the GFA has also reported the matter to both Fifa and the African confederation body Caf.