Vanderpuye reveals attempts by Ghana FA to bribe him

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The former government official has made serious allegations against the football association, insisting that he was tempted with bribery

Former Ghana's youth and sports minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye has disclosed that there were several attempts by Ghana Football Association's officials to corrupt him but he stood his ground to do what was right.

The Odododiodoo constituency's member of parliament supervised an era where GFA officials were at loggerheads with the sports ministry and he had several public outbursts with some high ranking members of the association. 

“I was very careful when I took over because my predecessors suffered a lot of setbacks. It was not only Muntaka [Mubarak] who fell to the trap set for him at the ministry but I know what led to the downfall of Rashid Pelpuo and several other ministers who occupied the seat,"

Vanderpuye told Atinka TV.

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“There were attempts made by GFA officials to bribe me but I was smarter than them. I rejected envelopes that were sent to me without a proper source. You have to ask why I never travelled with the national teams on their trips while I was in office. When a minister travels with the team, a lot of things including bribery happen.

“I have been in this industry from day one as a journalist and I know everything. While on trip with the team, the GFA top hierarchy will bring you an envelope full of dollars and you’ll not even be allowed to sign for it.”

He added: “I will say some of the previous sports ministers were not so much on top of football issues and so they made several payments and approved budgets which were way off track."

Vanderpuye also revealed that he planted a hidden camera in his office to record several conversations with football officials.

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"It was not only [former Information minister] Inusah Fuseini who planted a camera in his office to record suspicious conversations. I also had a camera and I recorded all the suspicious meetings I had in my office.

"There are a lot of things that I have kept because I know that if I break my silence on such issues, it will not end well for Ghana football,” he added.

Vanderpuye was succeeded by Isaac Asiamah, after the former's political party (NDC) lost the 2016 general elections in December.