Resigned-president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has said he was tricked by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI Company in their recent exposé which captured alleged rot at the FA.
Mr Nyantakyi, in a long statement, said the undercover journalist and his crew tricked him into repeating, out of context, the distribution of some monies – $5m, $3m, $2m, $1m – to the president, vice-president and some government officials during their interaction, and then later presented the video in a way that made him appear to have been demanding the payment of those monies out of the blue.
“I advised that these amounts should be paid to the NPP party subject to the political parties law”, he clarified in his statement, adding: “These statements were made in the spirit of a general discussion and were made believing that all present were genuine and credible. Subsequently, Suale and I met the supposed Sheikh in Dubai where I was tricked to repeat the donations in the name of the above officials. I did not know that I was being recorded. I certainly would have exercised a better discretion if I knew I was being recorded”.
Mr Nyantakyi also said Anas and his team hacked into his email to fake evidence against him.
“The avowed aim of the Tiger Eye Team being mischief, my belief is that my email account was hacked with the deliberate aim of tarnishing my reputation”.
He has, therefore, dared Anas and Tiger Eye PI to release the raw video and audio materials to the public to make their own judgment.
“I would request that Tiger Eye does us a favour by playing the full videos/audios of all the meetings held with Suale. The only occasion I met the supposed Sheihk was the meeting in Dubai. The video/audio presented to the public cannot be appreciated outside the context of all the meetings and discussions held”.