Ghana FA boss rubbishes double payment over friendlies

The FA president says it is untrue that the football regulatory body received double payment for friendlies
The Ghana FA boss has said his outfit never received double payment in friendlies involving the Black Stars since the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) became the headline sponsors of the national football team.

The Commission holds the view that the GFA received double payments – from match agents and the GNPC - for Black Stars’ test games. The head of the GNPC Alex Mould said that will come as a huge surprise to him if that is the situation on the ground when he appeared before the World Cup probing body.

Speaking at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Wednesday, the GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi clarified that it was not all the friendlies that Ghana played that the FA received remuneration from match agents.

He noted that this was because the main objective for playing warm-up games was not fiscal but among others to give the coaches the opportunity to assess players and improve ratings.

The football administrator said the GFA received nothing from match agents in friendlies against Cape Verde, Nigeria in London, Togo and Turkey.

Nyantakyi mentioned that there were only two matches - Turkey and Japan – that the FA asked GNPC to fund. He said even though the GFA asked GNPC to sponsor the Ghana vs Montenegro match, the FA ended up footing the bills of the game.
He said per the contract with the GNPC, the Ghana FA can ask the regulatory body to finance any friendly and that the only condition is that the football regulatory body should make full disclosure if it receives any other payments from other sources.

On the two friendlies played against The Netherlands and South Korea before the World Cup, Nyantakyi informed the Commission that it was a Cabinet sub-committee decision to ask GNPC to fund those friendlies since there was the fear that payments from match agents could delay and jeopardise its World Cup campaign.