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'Nyantakyi was due to be arrested by EOCO in January 2017'

Author: Kweku Zurek
'Nyantakyi was due to be arrested by EOCO in January 2017'
'Nyantakyi was due to be arrested by EOCO in January 2017'

Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye has disclosed that Ghana Football Association President (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi was to be arrested by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) on January 11, 2017, for alleged acts of corruption.

According to Mr Vanderpuye, Nyantakyi was due to be arrested days before the start of the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon on January 14, 2017. He claimed that the GFA boss was not arrested only because the National Democratic Congress lost the 2016 Presidential elections.

Nyantakyi is currently the subject of a Police probe after President Akufo-Addo filed a complaint against him after watching a part of the #Number12 documentary before its premiere.

In a meeting with Anas' Tiger Eye PI collaborators who posed as a businessman in the #Number12 documentary, CAF Vice-President Nyantakyi was captured soliciting sums of money on behalf the President ($5million), Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia ($3million), the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah ($2 million) and his deputy Anthony Karbo ($1million).

In an interview with Citi FM Thursday, Vanderpuye said months of investigations had been undertaken by the former Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Justice Tsar Yao into the operations of the GFA.

He said as a result of the investigations, he has a dossier of alleged corrupt acts which occurred at the GFA.


However, Mr Vanderpuye said he decided not to hand over the dossier to Isaac Asiamah (his successor as Sports Minister) because the latter criticised him severally over his anti-corruption stance with the GFA.

Match-fixing by the Black Stars

Mr Vanderpuye alleged that the management of the Black Stars paid over $500,000 in bribes which they described as unclassified payments to determine the outcome of a 6-1 win over Egypt in a crucial qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

He also claimed that budgets for Black Stars matches were also regularly inflated with $10,000 as the cost for medical supplies although the team doctor told him he always brings his own medicines to treat players of the national team.