Kwesi Nyantakyi rewarded me with an amount of GH¢5,000.00 for rejecting deal to fix one of the club’s league matches, Amidu Abdulai Camara, President of Kumasi based Division One side, Asokwa Deportivo has revealed.
Mr Camara disclosed that he received the amount as an incentive when he reported to the former GFA boss that a betting company had contacted him (Camara) to fix a match.
The football administrator explained that the incident happened in the 2016/17 season, when his club was scheduled to play a match in the Western region.
He added that he was promised a hefty amount by the betting company who had contacted him via phone to fix the match.
“In one of my games last season, a betting company came to me to fix the game for a huge sum of money. I thought about the offer carefully and made a strong decision to refuse it. So on the day I motivated my boys and we played very well and even won the match,” Camara disclosed in an interview with this reporter.
“After that, I informed the GFA president (Nyantakyi) and he gave me GH¢5,000.00 for refusing to fix the match. He gave me the money as a reward, congratulated me and encouraged me to continue the good work.”
“For me, I didn’t take the money because it was not right and I told myself that such money cannot be invested in my team. Since then I have never been contacted again and the number that called me from that time to today is unreachable.”
Mr. Camara used the opportunity to advice his fellow club administrators and other officials of the game to desist from any act of corruption so that football is sanitised and brought back to its best.
“We all have a role to play in the fight against corruption. Football should be a free and fair game. It works with rules and regulations and we should respect that. No one should control the outcome of the game. Let’s all join forces to stop bribery in our game now.”
The GFA has been dissolved by the government of Ghana after an expose by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. The expose dubbed ‘Number 12’ saw many football officials and administrators caught on tape collecting money from individuals who sought to influence the football matches.
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