GFA to review ‘Number 12’ exposé

Author: Maurice Quansah
Biggest casualty: FIFA handed former GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi,a lifetime ban for ethical breaches

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) Ethics Committee is to review the infamous "Number 12” documentary on football corruption after it took delivery of the raw footage of the exposé from Tiger Eye PI.

According to a statement on Tuesday by the GFA, the FA’s Executive Council in February requested for the raw footage of the “Number 12” exposé in order to deal with the matter, which remains one of the key Compliance and Integrity demands from world football body, FIFA.

“The videos are key components for the Ethics Committee in its work on this governance issue.

“Officials of Tiger Eye PI have also assured the GFA of their preparedness to assist the Ethics Committee in its work,” it added.

Bringing closure to ‘Number 12’
Receiving the footage, the General Secretary, Mr Prosper Harrison Addo, thanked officials of Cromwell Gray LLP (lawyers of Tiger Eye PI) on behalf of the Ghana Football Association, assuring all that work will commence immediately on the matter to bring closure to all stakeholders, including FIFA.

Assurance: GFA General Secretary, Prosper Harrison Addo

The Accra-based investigative entity on June 6, 2018 premiered an anti-graft investigation involving some Ghanaian football officials and referees.

The investigation was meant to uncover some unscrupulous behaviour in Ghana’s football fraternity.

Subsequently, then GFA president, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was captured in the documentary allegedly soliciting bribes from undercover investors, resigned his position. He was later handed a lifetime ban by FIFA from all football activities for ethical breaches.

Fallouts of the exposé
It also resulted in the suspension of referees caught in the exposé allegedly being compromised.

Later, FIFA dissolved the GFA’s Executive Committee and appointed a Normalisation Committee with a task to manage the day-to-day administration of the game, draft new statutes and organise fresh elections.