Ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has rejected claims he entrapped beleaguered former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, in his exposé which revealed endemic corruption in football administration.
In an exclusive interview with TV3, Anas indicated that Mr. Nyantakyi appeared experienced in scamming and rather gave him, Anas, tutorials on how to scam people including the institution Nyantakyi headed.
The embattled GFA boss was caught on camera scheming with the undercover journalist to defraud the Ghana Football Association and to also bribe their way through several contracts to eventually “take over” the country.
He has since resigned as the GFA boss as well as the Vice President of Confederation of African Football (CAF). World football governing body, FIFA also handed him a 90-day ban from any football related activities and has been removed as a council member of FIFA.
Anas had petitioned FIFA with documentary evidence asking for a life ban for Mr. Nyantakyi for misconduct.
After the public viewing of the investigative documentary, Mr. Nyantakyi issued a statement in self-defence, denying receiving $65,000 bribe from Anas and threatened to expose him as a fake investigative journalist.
“An investigative journalist does real-time investigations and not through a contrived scheme of entrapment,” he pointed out in his statement.
Baffled by Nyantakyi’s stance, the investigative journalist wondered “how did I entrap him?”
Anas told TV3 that when he met Mr. Nyantakyi at the airport in Dubai to meet a supposed investor, without being asked a word, Nyantakyi, he said, began to talk and rather schooled him on “how to scam the businessman and scam the FA; he started coaching me.”
Meanwhile, Anas said he was surprised by the impact of the latest documentary titled “Number 12: When Misconduct and Greed Becomes the Norm”.
Over 70 football administrators in Ghana were indicted in the documentary.
The investigation into football follows another explosive one Anas did on judges in Ghana.
Some football lovers are fighting Anas for disrupting Ghana’s Premiere League following the suspension of all football activities in the country, but Anas asked, “are football people more human than the judges?”