The Ghana Football Association (GFA) have rubbished a report from journalist Collins Atta Poku that they received an amount of $800,000 from the finance minister as expenditure for the recent friendly games against Brazil and Nicaragua.
Per a tweet from Collins Atta Poku, the country’s finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta who’s currently under fire paid the aforementioned amount to GFA as expenditure for the friendly games played last month amid the country’s financial difficulties.
The reports adds that the move is one of the numerous reasons why a plethora of Parliamentarians are calling for the dismissal of Ken Ofori-Atta.
“Got in touch with 3 Majority MPs who told me they were dismayed to find out the Finance Minister paid almost $800,000 to the Ghana Football Association just last week, in spite of all the challenges we face. The money covers their expenditure in the Brazil and Nicaragua games,” read the tweet from Collins Atta Poku.
I've seen the GFA's response and I have decided to test this at the RTI Commission by writing officially to them. I won't rely on any "leaked" document from anywhere but will seek for the most official source in this context.— Collins Atta Poku (@PapaPoku) October 25, 2022
I've been here with them during the betting saga.
However, the Ghana FA has rubbished the reports, describing it as a calculated lie to pitch the public against the Association.
The statement from the FA read: “The attention of our Lawyers has been drawn to a Tweet from Collins Atta Poku (@PapaPoku) on the release of $800,000 to the Ghana Football Association for our recent international friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua.
“The news is not only FALSE but a calculated lie to pitch the public against the Ghana Football Association, drag our name in the mud and defame the Association.
“We would like to state categorically, that Bank of Ghana has not transferred any amount in relation to our friendly matches against Brazil and Nicaragua to the account of the Ghana Football Association.
“We would like the public to disregard that frivolous reportage,” the statement ended.
Also, the President of the Ghana FA, Kurt Okraku has downplayed the reports.
I have just come out of court to read that the Ministry of Finance gave the Ghana FA USD 800,000 to honour two friendly games against Brazil and Nicaragua.— Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku (@kurtokraku) October 25, 2022
FACT check! This is false. Kindly ignore.