- Anas Aremeyaw Anas has asked for calm heads over the controversies his ‘Number 12’ documentary might have caused
- According to him, he did not have personal interest in football so he was surprised by the massive attention
Multiple award-winning investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has apologized for any damage his ‘Number 12’ exposé may have caused or is likely to cause to football tournaments and activities in the country.
In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Ghanaweb.com, the journalist who was speaking in an exclusive interview with TV3 on Wednesday, June 27, said he only set out to ensure that football affairs were run in the country devoid of kickbacks, bribery, among other things.
He revealed that he was sorry if his work had caused any issues after it was premiered on June 6 at the Accra International Conference Center.
Anas’ investigative documentary, ‘Number 12’, which premiered in Accra, exposed deep-seated corruption in the football circle and the rippling effects has caused the U-17 women team to stop training ahead of the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The former Ghana Football Association, President Kwesi Nyantakyi, football administrators and scores of referees among others were captured on tape receiving monies to allegedly compromise the beauty of the game.
Mr. Nyantakyi was consequently given a 90-day ban by FIFA forcing him to resign from his long-serving position as the head of the Ghana Football Association.
In commenting on the far-reaching effects of his documentary, Anas revealed that, “To be honest, I am just learning for the first time that that this one has stopped the under 17 women; I did not know. I do not follow football… if I have hurt the feelings of these people, I can only say I apologize,” he told TV3’s sport journalist, Michael Oti Adjei.
Speaking in an interview on Accra-based JoyFM on Thursday June 28 and monitored by YEN.com.gh, the undercover journalist indicated that he was not personally a football fanatic and so the noise people made about ‘Number 12’ was surprising to him.
He added that he called some colleague journalists to seek their opinion on the piece and he received mind-blowing feedback about the massive shake up his exposé could bring about.
Ghana’s Football Association is currently being dissolved by the government; an action many fear could result in the world football governing body FIFA banning Ghana from participating in its activities.
However, preliminary meetings between Ghana and FIFA look promising with the nation likely not to suffer a ban.
Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, was on May 22, ordered to report himself to the Criminal Investigations Department in Accra to assist in investigations of alleged acts of misconduct brought against him.
Reports indicated that the FA boss defrauded some foreign investors using the names of the President and Vice President.
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