Number 12: Vanderpuye shares thoughts on Anas corruption exposé

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The former sports minister speaks on the allegations of corruption facing the country’s football governing body

Former Ghana sports minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye has called for a wholistic "cleansing" of the country’s football association in the face of recent allegations of corruption against the body.

Vanderpuye was speaking a day after an investigative video documentary - produced by renowned journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and titled "Number 12" - revealed several top officials and referees engaging in various underhand activities. 

The Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi appears to be the hardest hit. 

Aside from calls for his immediate resignation, Nyantakyi, who is also president of Wafu, first vice-president of Caf and a member of the Fifa Executive Council, has been put under police investigation on orders of Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo for a charge of "defrauding under false pretences".

“I think there must be a total cleansing of the Ghana Football Association. Let’s solve the problem and stop talking about individuals,” Vanderpuye said on Citi FM

“Do you think all these [other suspicious] people who were not in the Anas video should be allowed to stay? All these agents working and using the Ghana Football Association - do you think they should be allowed to stay?

“The Anas video did not capture everybody. It captures the endemic problem we have in our football.

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“So if we are not careful, we may be scratching the surface. 

"We need to solve the problem rather than focus on individuals. Our football is sick, and we need to fix it."

Vanderpuye is famously remembered for his rift with the football association during his one-year reign as sports minister in 2016.

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