- Kwesi Nyantakyi believes Anas failed to tell the full story related to the GFA
- The embattled football giant says he never called for the president to be bribed
- Nyantakyi wants the full tapes of his interviews to be played
Embattled former head of the defunct Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has defended himself against allegations of corruption following the "Number 12" revelation by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
In an extensive press statement which got leaked, Kwesi Nyamtakyi narrates the engagement he had with the supposed football investors from Dubai who were indeed surrogates of the Tiger Eye PI crew.
According to Kwesi Nyantakyi, he heard about the said investor way back in 2017 when the former chairman of the Northern Region Football Association, Adbulai Alahassan introduced "called and informed that a certain Sheikh Al-Thani of Qatar (Sheikh) had expressed the interest in sponsoring the Ghana Premier League for $5m per annum for 3 years."
Nyantakyi, in his statement, was very interested in meeting this man especially when he heard of how the Sheikh "gave $8m in financial support to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) political party and the then President, John Mahama in December 2016 for the General Elections."
All this information about the Shiekh, Nyantakyi narrates, were given "from a certain Mr. Ahmed Hussein Suale (Suale) who is based in Qatar and Dubai."
Allegations of bribing Nana Addo and his vice
Nyantakyi took time to explain that he was caught off guard making the remarks he gave about the president being in his pocket. In fact, he apologized to Ghanaians for those comments stating they "resulted from a poor exercise of discretion arising on the spur of the moment and in the circumstances in which I interacted with the supposed Sheikh and his agents."
Having said that, Nyantakyi clarified that he never in any given moment ask for the president to be bribed. In fact, he rather was thinking that if indeed the said investor had financed the Mahama campaign then "these amounts should be paid to the NPP party subject to the political parties law.
These statements were made in the spirit of a general discussion and were made believing that all present were genuine and credible."
Nyantakyi is hereby requesting that Anas Aremeyaw Anas provides the full tapes of the recording so Ghanaians appreciate the full side of the story.
My humble request to the Ghanaian public now is this, having heard my side, whatever your view is, please tell Anas to let you have the benefit of the full video devoid of his prior commentary and advice. You are capable of understanding things yourself. Unfortunately, I do not have a video to show you because I dealt with people I trusted to be businessmen because they were introduced to me by a person I knew well. I have learnt the bitter way that the fact you trust someone does not mean you must trust who they trust.
So far, the attorney general has secured the power to dissolve the GFA over the revelations of corruption. All football related activities have been suspended as well as investigations continue.
There are questions over what the next line of action by Nyantakyi will be after this explosive video by Anas. For now, the embattled boss of the GFA has no immediate plans to take especially when all his power and influence in the realm of football has been killed with bans, resignations, and investigations.
It is clear that should he be found guilty by the court of law, Nyantakyi will be spending most, if not all of his in jail. The special prosecutor's office is yet to open a case against Nyantakyi and should the office do so, we might be looking at a 20 to 25 jail sentence.
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