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Government ‘bribed’ to qualify Ghana for Brazil World Cup

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In 2016, the Ghana Sports Newspaper and the GhanaSportsonline portal stated that it had sighted a leaked report from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which recommended that Ghana paid bribes to steady its place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It alleged that Ghana convince tournament officers and directors during the qualifying rounds for the tournament.

The alleged leaked report, according to the newspaper, disclosed that $116,000 was spent on the game against Zambia, which Ghana won 2-1 with an extra $199,000 to assure Ghana’s win over Sudan and Lesotho.

An extra amount of $700,000 was used for unclassified bills in the whole qualifiers under Elvis Afriyie Ankrah’s regime.

Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye in 2018 accused former GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi of bribing his way to get Ghana certified for the World Cups of 2006, 2010 and 2014.

“Every sports analyst would say Nyantakyi did properly due to the fact we qualified the World Cups … I know why we qualified, we paid; even Osei Palmer admitted as much,” said Nii Lante Vanderpuye in an interview in 2018.


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